Somalia blast kills at least 15, police say


The explosion caused a number of casualties in the south of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, a government official said.

"Proud to be the Mayor of a city with this spirit and youth filled with so much strength and positivity" Mogadishu Mayor Thabit Mohamed said.

"More than 10 people died in the blast which was carried out by the Shabaab group and nine others are wounded", said security ministry spokesman Ahmed Mohamud Mohamed.

Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab said they were behind the attack, and its target was government officials. "More than 10 cars were destroyed in the explosion".

They said that the minister's auto attracted suspicion after it drove up behind the vehicle carrying the auditor general, who the soldier was protecting.

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"It's a suicide auto bomb on Wadajir District building in which Somali officials and their staff stay". Another soldier who was at the scene at the time was released without charge, the report added. "We will tell you the number of dead later", Reuters quoted Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab spokesman for military operations.

The militant group, Al-Shabaab has not commented on the latest development in regard to the alleged capture of the intelligence commander behind a series of suicide bombings of hotels, Africa Union bases and other public places in the Horn of Africa nation.

At least 25 people mostly civilans were killed when a VBIED rammed into the popular eatery and gunmen shot out indiscriminately at patrons who were having an Iftaar dinner.

On Friday in neighbouring Kenya the group said they were behind a blast which killed four people and injured 11.