Somalia: 7 dead as car bomb hits police station in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU — A car bomb targeting a police station has killed at least seven people and wounded about a dozen others in Mogadishu.

Three soldiers were among included those wounded on Thursday’s bomb attack at the Wabari police compound on the busy Maka road in the capital, according to policeman Shine Mohamud.

“We have evacuated at least five injured people into hospitals. Six civilians including the bomber have died on the scene of the blast,” Mohamud added.

Amin Ambulance Service separately disclosed that they have transported 12 people (2 women and 10 men) and also seven dead bodies.

The police building and civilian vehicles were destroyed by the explosion, according to Habibo Hussein, a fuel seller near the the police post.

“You can see debris of the police station building and a number of vehicles, which were passing near the station at the time of the bomb attack,” she told The Messenger Africa.

Thursday’s explosion was immediately claimed by Al Shabaab on its website, saying one of it fighters carried out the attack.

The attack comes a day after at least 15 people including women and children were killed in suicide bomb attack inside Wadajir district headquarters in Mogadishu.

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Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare

UPDATE, JUNE 23: Jubaland State Minister for Youth and Sports Mohamad Yusuf
“Aw Libax” is reported among the victims of Thursday’s car bomb attack.