MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – At least 8 people were killed and more than 23 others wounded after suicide car bomb struck United Nations convoy in Somalia’s capital, in one of the latest attacks claimed by Al-Shabaab insurgents to hit Mogadishu as the Horn of Africa country prepares to complete parliamentary polls.
The sound of huge explosion was heard throughout the city early on Thursday morning and videos shared on social media showed a plume of smoke billowing into the sky.
Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabaab immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing which targeted a convoy escorting “white” military trainers part of foreign training missions in Somalia, according to media affiliated with the group.
Islamist group’s operatives had carried out the attack which targeted a UN convoy, Al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.
The targeted convoy was heading from General Gordon military training camp to the heavily fortified Halane base camp, which is home to a number of foreign missions, including those of the United States, United Nations and the United Kingdom, Al-Shabaab-affiliated media reported.
An extensive damage to buildings near the blast site could be seen in photos circulated online showing the aftermath of the bomb explosion.
Local journalists said military vehicles carrying African Union peacekeepers and members of Duguf Security Services escorting United Nations officials were part of the convoy hit by the explosion near the palace of former president Abdiqasim Salad Hassan in the city’s Hodan district.
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