At least 8 killed in police convoy bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia – media

At least 8 killed in police convoy bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia – media

A suicide bomber has attacked a convoy in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday in an attempt to assassinate a local police chief. At least eight people were killed, according to a witness report.

Somalian media quoted the country’s police as saying that a vehicle rigged with explosives hit a convoy carrying Banaadir’s regional police chief, Colonel Farhan Qarole, who survived the attack.

An eyewitness told Reuters that he has seen eight bodies, including the body of a woman, while another early report said that five were killed.

The Benadir Police Chief, Col. Farhan Qarole told to the state media that explosive-laden vehicle hit his convoy in Mogadishu on Saturday morning. Col. Farhan was unhurt but preliminary reports say five people were killed and unspecified number were injured in the attack.

— SNTV News (@sntvnews1) July 10, 2021

News website All Banaadir reports that two police officers have died and two were injured. Several buildings were said to have been damaged, including a children’s hospital.

No one has claimed the responsibility for the attack as yet, but Islamist group Al-Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in Mogadishu and elsewhere.

Six people have been killed and nine others injured in a suicide bombing in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. @nytimes @BBCWorld @cjwerleman @SaidYWarsame @Am_Abdallahi @cnnbrk

— dünya barış istiyor (@SaadaqMohamed) July 10, 2021

Since the early 1990s, the Horn of Africa nation has de facto been a fractured country, with multiple factions fighting in a protracted civil war.

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