Car bomb struck central Mogadishu killing 5

A powerful car bomb struck central Mogadishu on Monday, killing at least five people, police said in the Somali capital.

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A picture taken on February 21, 2016 shows damaged cars at the site of a double car bomb attack in the Al-Zahraa neighborhood of the central Syrian city of Homs. (AFP photo)
A picture taken on February 21, 2016 shows damaged cars at the site of a double car bomb attack in the Al-Zahraa neighborhood of the central Syrian city of Homs. (AFP photo)

The car blew up in a car park near a local government compound, according to officials and witnesses.

A picture taken on February 21, 2016 shows damaged cars at the site of a double car bomb attack in the Al-Zahraa neighborhood of the central Syrian city of Homs. (AFP photo)
 cars at the site of a double car bomb attack in the Al-Zahraa neighborhood of the central Syrian city of Homs. (AFP photo)

The fatalities included a police officer and several civilians, police officer Ali Hassan Kulmiye said.

The civilians were having lunch in a nearby cafeteria, according to officials. Seven people were reported to have been injured.

The blast was believed to have targeted the administrative compound, which houses the mayor and other senior officials.

A spokesman for Mayor Yusuf Hussein Jimale said he had not been injured.

The attack was claimed by the Islamist group al-Shabaab, which said on pro-insurgent radio Andalus that it had killed 10 members of the security forces.

The blast damaged several commercial buildings, shattering their windows, witnesses said.

Source: GNA

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