Somalia—Stubborn images from Somalia are revealing that six people were killed on Wednesday in a car bomb explosion in the country’s capital Mogadishu.
It is an offensive claimed by the Al-Shabaab jihadist group, which said in a brief statement that it was targeting foreign officers and intruders.
The attack has happened just days after Somali leaders had agreed on a new timetable for long-delayed elections in the troubled country.
“The initial information we have… indicates that at least six people were killed and several others wounded in the huge car bomb blast,” local government security officer Mohamed Abdi spoke to newsmen.
“It has also caused devastation in the area,” he spoke.
According to Abdi, the numbers could be higher because of the number of people in the region.
Eyewitnesses disclosed that a multi-vehicle private security convoy escorting foreigners was passing by the area when the explosion hit.
“I saw some of the passengers injured and being carried after the blast,” said one witness.
“The blast was so huge that it has destroyed most of the buildings nearby the road and vehicles passing by the area. “I saw several dead and wounded people were strewn in the road.” Said another.