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At least 10 killed in suicide bombing in Somali capital

Wreckage following a car bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, 25 September 2021 [Sadak Mohammed/Anadolu Agency]
Wreckage following a car bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, 25 September 2021 [Sadak Mohammed/Anadolu Agency]

At least 10 people, including five security officers, were killed when a suicide car blast targeted a security convoy in Somalia's capital on Wednesday, officials said and reported by Anadolu News Agency.

The attack in Mogadishu has been claimed by Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group that often carries out deadly attacks in the Horn of Africa country.

"We know that at least 10 people were killed, including five soldiers in the bomb explosion" along with several injuries, Ali Yare Ali, deputy governor for security and politics of the Banadir regional administration, told journalists.

He added that an investigation into the attack is underway.

Abdifatah Hassan, a police officer in the capital, Mogadishu, told Anadolu Agency that the attack took place near one of the entrances of the capital's Aden Adde International Airport, adding to earlier reports that put it along 21 October Road in the neighbourhood of Waberi.

He said the attack had devastated some nearby buildings.

Al-Shabaab was also behind a 2017 truck bomb attack in Mogadishu that took some 600 lives, the worst terrorist attack in the country's history.

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