Eight killed in Mogadishu car bomb attack

WARNING: This story contains an image that may be upsetting to some readers Image copyright Reuters Image caption Men carry the body of a young child after a suicide car bombing in Somalia At…

Eight killed in Mogadishu car bomb attack


WARNING: This story contains an image that may be upsetting to some readers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Men carry the body of a young child after a suicide car bombing in Somalia

At least eight people have been killed and 13 more injured after a car bomb attack near a school in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

At least four of the victims were from the same family, a resident told BBC Radio 4’s The World Today.

Footage from the scene showed men carrying the dead through the streets. One child was laid on a stretcher.

A member of the al-Shabab militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The explosion went off near an education centre in the Eastleigh district, a popular nightlife district of the city.

The BBC’s Ahmed Omar, who is at the scene, says some of the wounded were being transported to hospitals in Mogadishu.

The car bomb attack comes two weeks after attacks killed more than 60 people in the city.

The area was heavily hit when a car bomb struck an armoured bus convoy carrying the Somali president and his entourage from the airport, and a suicide bomber attacked a hotel in the same area.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption At least one woman died in the blast

In a separate attack in Mogadishu, a motorcycle bomb killed one person and injured two at the gate of the police headquarters on Monday.

Al-Shabab aims to overthrow the Somali government and establish a caliphate across Somalia.

The group has no official ties to al-Qaeda but sympathises with the militant organisation and has carried out attacks over the years with the aim of disrupting the country’s fragile political stability.

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