Car bomb in Somalia capital kills at least 7, police say

The minibus was rammed through a security barrier outside offices in the southern district of Wadajir, injuring nine people including the district's top government official. "More than 10 cars were destroyed in the explosion", said Abdifatah Omar Halane, a spokesman for the Mogadishu mayor.

MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least 15 people are dead after a suicide vehicle bomber posing as a milk delivery van detonated at a district headquarters in Somalia's capital, police said Tuesday.

A column of white smoke was seen above the capital with houses near the attack rattled by the explosion.

The soldier, Ahmed Abdulahi Ahmed, mistook the government minister to be an Islamic State group militant, an army officer said.

According to an official, a huge explosion was heard in the Wadajir district of the capital.

Many government officials, wealthy individuals and foreigners drive around Mogadishu with squads of armed bodyguards who are frequently nervy and trigger-happy.

"We will tell you the number of dead later", Abdiasis Musab, al Shabaab spokesman for military operations, said, giving no further details. It has vowed to step up attacks after the recently elected government launched a new military offensive against it.

People walk at the site of a terror attack outside the Pizza House restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia, June 15, 2017.

Al Shabaab, fighting to overthrow Somalia's government and impose its own harsh interpretation of sharia law, says it will continue to attack Kenya until it withdraws its troops from an African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

  • Leroy Wright