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UPDATE 1-Suicide car bomb rams local government building in Somalia's capital


Reuters
Updated: 10-09-2018 13:12 IST

(Adds suicide car bomb, police, witness)

MOGADISHU, Sept 10 (Reuters) - A suicide car bomb rammed into a local government office in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Monday causing casualties, a police officer told Reuters.

A Reuters witness saw huge clouds of smoke above the city following a loud blast and gunfire.

"A suicide car bomb rammed into the office of Hodan district of Mogadishu. There are casualties but so far we do not have a figure," major Mohamed Nur, a police officer, told Reuters.

Witnesses said the office was destroyed.

"A speeding 4x4 car ran into the district office," witness Hussein Osman told Reuters. "I ran away and now I see from far the office completely destroyed. I see ambulances carrying casualties but I cannot make out how many dead or injured. I could see five people being taken by ambulance."

Last week, a suicide car bomb destroyed another district office of Mogadishu.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab frequently carry out bombings and gun attacks in the capital Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia.

They are fighting to topple Somalia's Western-backed central government and establish their own rule based on their strict interpretation of Islamic law. (Reporting by Abdi Sheikh Writing by Ingrid Melander Editing by George Obulutsa and Matthew Mpoke Bigg)

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