At least 10 killed in car bombing in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) 
At least ten people including five soldiers were killed and nine others wounded in a suicide car bombing in the Somali capital, Mogadishu on Wednesday, officials said.

Deputy Governor of Banadir region, Ali Abdi Wardhere, who is in charge of security, said a suicide bomber targeted a security convoy along Mogadishu’s 21st October road near the heavily fortified international airport.

“The suicide car bomb attack left at least 10 people including five soldiers dead and others wounded. This is what we have for now and we don’t know who was the target,” Wardhere told journalists at the scene.

A plume of black smoke could be seen billowing from the scene and witnesses said a number of vehicles were destroyed by fire.

The deputy governor said that al-Shabab militants were behind the attack, saying the police are pursuing them and have also launched an investigation to establish the motive behind it.

Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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