Bomb Explosion kills 8 in Mogadishu

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NEWS– The Somali government officials have confirmed that at least 8 people have been killed and 17 others were seriously injured, including school students, in Somalia’s capital City Mogadishu in a car bombing that targeted a United Nations security convoy.

The armed group al-Shabab claimed has responsibility for the huge blast that took place early today morning, rocking Mogadishu and sending a column of smoke above the city.

The Somali Police spokesman Abdifatah Hassan told journalists that a suicide bomber in a a car full of explosives had targeted a UN security convoy.

It was not immediately clear if any UN personnel were among those killed or injured in the huge blast, which targeted the convoy as it passed near a school where 13 students were seriously injured and the UN officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The al-Shabab’s military operations spokesman, Gen Abdiasis Abu Musab confirmed the group’s operatives had carried out the attack.

The blast took place near the K4 junction in the heart of Mogadishu and it was so large that walls of the nearby Mucassar primary and secondary school collapsed while cars were mangled in the explosion.

The Al-Shabab has been fighting Somalia’s central government for many years to establish its own rule based on its strict interpretation of Islamic law and the group frequently carries out bombings and gun assaults in Somalia and elsewhere in its war against the Somalia military and the African Union-mandated AMISOM force that supports the government.

The International peacekeeping force was meant to withdraw from the country, but its mission could be extended amid concerns that Somali forces are not ready to assume responsibility for security.