Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 22 October 2019

Suicide bomber kills six and wounds Mayor of Mogadishu

Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group Al Shabab said UN special envoy James Swan was intended target

Medical workers help a civilian on stretcher who was wounded in suicide bomb, at Madina hospital, Mogadishu. AP
Medical workers help a civilian on stretcher who was wounded in suicide bomb, at Madina hospital, Mogadishu. AP

Six people have been killed and the Mayor of Mogadishu was wounded in a suicide bombing in the Somalian capital.

The incident happened on Wednesday after the UN special envoy James Swan held a meeting with the mayor.

Al Qaeda linked terrorist group Al Shabab claimed responsibility and said Mr Swan was the intended target.

Mr Swan left after his meeting with Abdirahman Osman, just before the blast at the headquarters of the Banadir district.

"Six people, including two district commissioners and three directors, were killed in the terrorist attack this afternoon," said Mohamed Mareye, the Somalian Information Minister.

Mr Osman and five others, including district commissioners, were wounded in the blast.

A security source said a suicide bomber had entered a hall where the officials were meeting and blew himself up.

"The mayor is currently being treated," deputy mayor Mohamed Tulah told government radio station Muqdisho.

Witness Mohamud Sharif said: "The blast was very heavy and I saw people fleeing, some with shrapnel wounds, outside the Banadir administration headquarters."

Al Shabab issued a statement that said they had "killed many of the enemy".

Mogadishu is regularly hit by the terrorist group, which has fought for more than a decade to topple the Somali government.

On Monday, a car bomb in the city killed 17 people and wounded more than two dozen.

Updated: July 24, 2019 11:35 PM

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