At least three people were killed, including one child, after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-fueled vehicle in front of a headquarters in Somalia's capital district, police said Sunday.
Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the bomber was trying to drive through a checkpoint, but was stopped by security forces to detonate the vehicle near the gate of Howlwadag's headquarters.
He said four other people had been wounded, mostly young students in a nearby Islam school. Officials warned there could be more casualties as the explosion near buildings including a mosque was torn down.
"They literally did not achieve their goal of causing maximum casualties," Hussein said, accusing al-Qaida al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist group. Shabab, who had carried out the attack.
There was no immediate responsibility for the explosion, which destroyed a rest period in the coastal area of Mogadishu. Somalia-based al-Shabab often targets bombs on the capital, including a truck bombing that killed at least 51
Somali troops are expected to take over the security of the Horn of Africa in the coming years from a US Army African Union force, but concern for their preparedness remains high. The UN Security Council recently voted to delay the troop redeployments in the AU from October to February and to deliver the security of the Somali armed forces by December 2021.
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