10 Sep '18, 7pm

Shabaab targets local government headquarters with suicide bombing

Earlier today, Shabaab claimed credit for a deadly suicide car bombing outside of the Hodon district’s headquarters in Somalia’s Mogadishu. At least six people were killed in the blast and another 16 were wounded. In a statement released through its Shahada News Agency, Shabaab claimed that its operation killed over 20 people and wounded another 33. However, casualty numbers are routinely inflated by the jihadist group. Local officials have confirmed that at least six people were killed in the attack. According to Reuters, the suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into the offices of the Hodon district before detonating his explosives. Garowe Online , a local news publication, reported that several nearby buildings also collapsed from the bombing, adding to the casualty toll. This comes only a week after Shabaab conducted a similar operation also in Mogadishu. Last Sunday, a s...

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