Deaths as bomber detonates in Mogadishu mayor's office

July 24, 2019 - 10:05 am

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A suicide bomber walked into the office of Mogadishu's mayor during a security meeting and detonated explosives strapped to his waist, killing several people and badly wounding the mayor, Somali police said Wednesday.

Police Col. Mohamed Abdi confirmed the brazen attack in Somalia's capital to The Associated Press. Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman and his deputy were rushed to a hospital with critical wounds and two district commissioners were among the dead, said police Capt. Mohamed Hussein.

It was not clear how the bomber managed to enter the mayor's office.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group often targets government buildings such as the presidential palace and other high-profile targets in Mogadishu with bombings.

The Somalia-based group was chased out of Mogadishu years ago but still controls parts of the Horn of Africa nation's south and central regions and is a frequent target of U.S. airstrikes.


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