Sep 10, 2018 15:48 Asia/Tehran

A suicide car bomb rammed into a local government office in Somalia’s capital , killing at least six people in an attack claimed by al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab.

Iran Press/Africa: A loud blast destroyed the office in Mogadishu’s Hodan district and sent up huge clouds of smoke,Reuters reports.

“We have carried six dead people and 16 others injured. The death toll may rise,” Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin Ambulance service

“We completely destroyed the district headquarter office. There are many casualties. We shall give details later,” Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman, said.

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Al Shabaab - which is fighting to topple the government said it was behind the attack.

Somalia has been gripped by violence and lawlessness since dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was toppled in 1991.


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