At least 8 killed in Mogadishu in suicide bombing targeting government convoy

Civilians run from the scene of an explosion after al-Shabaab militia stormed a government building in Mogadishu, Somalia on March 23, 2019. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday's attack, but al-Shabaab, which wants to overthrow the government and impose its strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law, frequently carries out such bombings.
Civilians run from the scene of an explosion after al-Shabaab militia stormed a government building in Mogadishu, Somalia on March 23, 2019. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday's attack, but al-Shabaab, which wants to overthrow the government and impose its strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law, frequently carries out such bombings.
Image: REUTERS/Feisal Omar

A suicide car bomb targeting a government convoy exploded at a busy junction in Somalia's capital on Saturday, killing at least eight people, an eyewitness told Reuters.

The convoy was carrying senior police official Farhan Qarole, who survived the attack, the government news agency reported.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but al-Shabaab, which wants to overthrow the government and impose its strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law, frequently carries out such bombings.

"I have seen eight dead bodies at the scene including a woman," Hassan Sayid Ali, a driver of a three-wheeled motorised vehicle taxi told Reuters at the scene of the blast at Banadir junction in Mogadishu.

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