At least seven people were killed in a suicide bombing attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu on Saturday, the police said.
“A suicide car bomb that exploded at Ceelgaab junction killed seven people and injured eight others,” Muawiye Mudeey, district commissioner of Mogadishu’s Hamarjajab district said.
Minivan driver and eyewitness Guuled Ibrahim revealed that he had seen several people killed in the attack.
“The explosion was huge. After the blast occurred, there was gunfire. Minutes later, we rushed to the scene and it was horrific, with a lot of confusion,” Ibrahim said.
A Somali police spokesperson also confirmed that the attack was caused by a suicide car bombing.
The al-Qaida-affiliated al-Shabaab terrorist group claimed responsibility for the blast shortly after the attack.
The same organization was behind numerous similar attacks across the country.
A Reuters witness at the scene of the blast reported seeing seven cars and three rickshaws destroyed by the blast, and the whole junction covered in blood.