(MOGADISHU, Somalia.) JUST IN: At least 76 people are dead and 70 more injured after a massive car bomb exploded at a busy intersection on the outskirts of capital, on Saturday, according to Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan, founder of a local free ambulance service @CNN Asia #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Dec.28: Earlier, government spokesman Ismael Mukhtar told CNN that the attacker drove his vehicle into the “Ex-control Afgoye” checkpoint, a well-known junction that links the south of Somalia to the capital…………….Mukhtar added that university students were among the dead…………The attack happened during rush hour in the Somali capital at about 8 a.m. local time, and both civilians and soldiers are among the dead, police said.

Somali officials expect the death toll to rise after a truck bomb targets a busy security checkpoint at a tax collection centre during morning rush hour in Mogadishu: Just In IFTTT, [Dec 28, 2019 at 10:40] https://ift.tt/2QvV9qu

Police conduct security searches at the checkpoint, but there is also a taxation office located nearby and the area is heavily populated with civilians and security forces.

Nurses from Mogadishu's Madina Hospital push a wounded person on a stretcher.

Nurses from Mogadishu’s Madina Hospital push a wounded person on a stretcher.

Police have warned that the death toll could rise as many of the wounded have been rushed to hospitals: Images from the scene showed multiple wrecked vehicles with shards of twisted metal nearby as well as a minibus marked with blood.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu confirmed two Turkish citizens had died in the attack: “May Allah’s mercy be upon our 2 citizens and innocent Somali brothers&sisters who lost their lives in the heinous terrorist attack,” Çavuşoğlu wrote on his Twitter account. He added Turkey would continue to stand with Somalia in the fight against terror

Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack: It wants to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist #IslamicState, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

#AceNewsDesk reports ………..Published: Dec.28: 2019:

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