At least eight people were killed and over a dozen others received injures after a car bombing ripped through Mogadishu, the capital city of Somali, police officials confirmed on Thursday.
Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda linked group has claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming they were targeting military trainers.
Witnesses said a large convoy carrying troops from AMISOM, the African Union force fighting the militants, was passing through the area when the bomb went off.
“Eight civilians have lost their lives and 17 others wounded in the blast,” Abdifatah Adan, Mogadishu’s police spokesman said in a brief statement.
He restrained from giving further details, but a security official Mohamed Abdillahi told the press that the blast was caused by a car bomb that left 11 students injured.
“I was close to the area when the blast occurred, there was an AMISOM convoy… passing by,” Said Ibrahim, a passerbuy told local media..
“The school building was badly damaged and some of their school buses destroyed,” Ahmed Bare, a security guard at a nearby building, told local reporters.
Al-Shabaab is carrying out attacks regularly in Mogadishu, the capital city that was under their control till 2011 before being pushed out by AMISOM troops.
Recently the group claimed a bombing again in the capital city in which a prominent Somali journalist was killed.
Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, the director of government-owned Radio Mogadishu, was a fierce critic of the militants, which the group said its fighters had long pursued the journalist.
The militants also claimed two attacks in September that together killed 17 people.
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