#AceNewsReport – Sept.10: At least six people were killed on Monday in al Shabaab attack on a local government building in Somalia’s capital, the director of an ambulance service and a Reuters witness: A loud blast destroyed the office in Mogadishu’s Hodan district and sent up huge clouds of smoke: A Reuters reporter saw five bodies and the body parts of a sixth person #AceNewsDesk reports
“We have carried six dead people and 16 others injured. The death toll may rise,” Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin Ambulance service, told Reuters.
Rescuers carry a wounded man from the scene of an explosion to an ambulance in Hodan district, Mogadishu, Somalia September 10, 2018. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
Al Shabaab – which is fighting to topple the government and establish its own rule based on its interpretation of Islamic law – said it was behind the attack……………….“We completely destroyed the district headquarter office. There are many casualties. We shall give details later,” Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman, said: The Islamist militant group has frequently carry out attacks in the capital and other areas since the army, backed by African peacekeepers, pushed it out of the capital in 2011.
Witness Hussein Osman said he saw a 4×4 vehicle run into the building
“I was just outside the district office … I ran away and now I see from far the office completely destroyed,” he added.
Source: Reuters.Com/ Published:September.10:2018: Reporting by Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by George Obulutsa, Matthew Mpoke Bigg and Andrew Heavens
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