Car bomb kills at least 7 in Somalia

A car bomb killed at least seven people Thursday in Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu.

People gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 28, 2017. Local authoritiews said at least seven people have been killed when a car bomb exploded while witnesses saw at least three bodies at the scene. The country's Islamist militant group al-Shabab often carries out similar attacks in the capital. EPA-EFE/Said Yusuf Warsame
People gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 28, 2017. Local authoritiews said at least seven people have been killed when a car bomb exploded while witnesses saw at least three bodies at the scene. The country’s Islamist militant group al-Shabab often carries out similar attacks in the capital. EPA-EFE/Said Yusuf Warsame

The blast also wounded at least six others, VOA News reported, and caused large plumes of smoke to rise in the sky. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but militant Islamist organization al-Shabab commonly carries out attacks in Mogadishu.

“What happened was a car bomb hit a mini-bus. At least seven people were killed and six others injured,” Mogadishu spokesman Abdifatah Omar Halane said.

Witness said a government security vehicle was nearby at the time of the attack, but it isn’t immediately clear whether it was the bomb’s intended target.

Garowe Online reported that the bombing also took place near London Gate restaurant. The outlet spoke with a police captain who reported dozens of injuries.

By Sam Howard