An Al-Shabaab suicide car bomb targeting a top police commander exploded in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday, killing at least nine people.
The Al-Qaeda extremist organization al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack, which comes after another blast in the city last week that killed 10 people.
Al-Shabaab has carried out a number of attacks on Somalia’s federal government officials, security forces, and civilians since 2007.
An eyewitness, Kassim Ali Shire, offers his own experience of the horrific encounter.
“Thank God I’m ok, my brother and I were driving here on this road when the suicide car bomb hit at close range, there are lots of casualties. All onboard our vehicle survived, only my brother received injuries.”
The toll, according to a doctor at the Medina Hospital in Mogadishu, reflects just the dead and wounded who were transported to the hospital where he works.
According to him, the true death toll is likely to be higher because casualties were taken to various hospitals, including private ones.
Colonel Farhan Mohamud Qaroleh, the targeted police commissioner, has been deemed safe, according to a Somali police spokesperson, Sadiiq Dudishe.
“The commissioner is unharmed but there are other casualties the attack inflicted.”
According to him, the bomber attacked the motorcade of Benadir area police commissioner Farhan Mohamud at a major junction in the city with an explosive-laden car.
Since 2007, the Al-Shabaab group, which is affiliated to Al-Qaeda, has been fighting to topple Somalia’s federal government and has launched many attacks against security personnel, government officials, and civilian targets.