Death toll from auto bomb explosion in Mogadishu rises to 17

30 September, 2017, 16:00 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Seven Killed, 10 Injured in Car Bomb Explosion in Mogadishu Market

People were killed when a auto bomb exploded near a bus stop, police said.

"There was a battalion of soldiers but it was a fierce fighting; twin suicide vehicle bombs and hand-to-hand fighting", Captain Osman Ali told Reuters.

The militants launched two massive bomb attacks at the Barire military base before making entry, and they claimed to have killed 17 soldiers in the attack. Al-Shabab claimed 21 had been killed.

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He said security forces had killed 18 al-Shabaab militants.

Al Shabaab, which is affiliated to Al Qaeda, has been fighting to overthrow Somalia's internationally backed government since 2007.

Somali government paid compensation "blood money" for the families who lost their loved ones in the attack, after refusing to bury the dead bodies, and held rally in Mogadishu in protest of the killing. "There were neither AMISOM nor other foreigners there", Ali added, referring to the African Union peacekeeping troops.

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People gather at the scene of a vehicle bomb explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 28, 2017.

"There were eight people killed and majority died in a civilian minibus which was passing by the area where the vehicle went off", witness Abdinasir Mohamed, who gave a slightly higher death toll that authorities did not confirm, told AFP news agency.

Islamist group Al Shabaab has regularly claimed responsibility for previous suicide attacks at the market. However al-Shabab often carries out such attacks. It has been carrying out militancy since 2006.

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