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Car Bomb Targeted At UN Envoy In Somalia Kills Eight – Al Shabaab Claims Responsibility

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Mogadishu bomb blast

No fewer than 23 people reportedly suffered various degrees of injuries in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Thursday after a car bomb exploded at a U.N. security convoy.

Naija News understands that Somalia-based terrorist Jihadists, Al Shabaab have claimed responsibility for the deadly attack which instantly killed no fewer than 8 people in Mogadishu today.

It was reported that the terrorists used a vehicle laden with explosives to carry out the deadly attack.

Victims of the incident are said to also include school students and commuters.

According to reports, a column of smoke took off above the city as gunfire echoed around the scene.

However, it is yet to be confirmed if any U.N. personnel were among those killed or injured in the huge blast, which targeted the U.N. convoy as it passed near the site of a school.

Naija News understands that no official comment has been made by any U.N. official in respect to the blast as of when the report was given.

However, a police spokesman, Abdifatah Aden Hassan, who spoke with reporters confirmed that a suicide bomber in an SUV full of explosives had targeted a U.N. security convoy.

We counted eight dead people and 17 others including 13 students injured,” he said.

Aamin Ambulance service evacuated at least 23 people who were injured in the blast,” Abdikadir Abdirahman the director of the service, told reuters

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, confirmed the Islamist group’s operatives had carried out the attack and said they were targeting a U.N. convoy.

Naija News learnt that the explosion which happened near the K4 junction in the heart of Mogadishu was so large that walls of the nearby Mucassar primary and secondary school collapsed. Cars were mangled in the explosion.

We were shaken by the blast pressure, then deafened by the gunfire that followed,” said Mohamed Hussein, a nurse at the nearby Osman Hospital, saying he had been pulled from the rubble of a collapsed ceiling.

“Our hospital walls collapsed. Opposite us is a school that also collapsed. I do not know how many died,” said an eyewitness who is medical personnel.

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