Car bomb attack strikes local government office in Mogadishu - police

by Reuters
Sunday, 2 September 2018 08:23 GMT

(Updates with details)

MOGADISHU, Sept 2 (Reuters) - A suicide car bomb struck a local government office in Mogadishu on Sunday, police said, destroying the building and a school opposite.

Ambulances took casualties to hospitals as people searched through the rubble for survivors, a Reuters witness said. The blast also blew off the roof of a mosque and damaged houses nearby.

"A suicide car bomb (rammed) into the district office of Hawlwadag in Mogadishu. It is too early to know casualties," Abdullahi Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters.

A Reuters journalist on the scene saw a human hand and blood stains in the rubble.

Somalia has been convulsed by lawlessness and violence since 1991. Islamist group Al Shabaab is fighting to dislodge a Western-backed government protected by African Union-mandated peacekeepers. (Reporting by Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar Writing by Omar Mohammed Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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