Mogadishu police said that a suicide car bomb killed eight people at an intersection close to the president’s palace on Saturday, September 25.
Police spokesperson Abdifatah Aden Hassan told the press that Al Shabaab, an al-Qaeda linked group, confirmed through a statement that they were responsible for the incident as it aimed at a palace convoy.
Hassan added, “They killed eight people including a soldier and a mother and two children. Al Shabaab massacres civilians.”
Government spokesperson Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu said that Hibaq Abukar, a known advisor of women and human rights affairs, was among those who were ambushed and killed at the scene.
Meanwhile, a witness told Reuters that seven cars and three rickshaws were damaged at the scene and that the intersection was blood-spattered.
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