Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly Mogadishu bomb attack

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

Eight people were killed and 13 more injured when a bomb exploded at a bridge on the outskirts of the Somali capital Mogadishu, military officials said Tuesday.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to a tweet from its Amaq agency.

Deadly car bomb attack near school in #Mogadishu, Somalia #Security — Dr Meakash Ochieng (@DrMeakash) March 27, 2018

Images published by the group showed gunmen shouting Allahu Akbar (God is Great) and other masked men dressed in black waving their guns in the air.

The boy was killed as he walked from the highway, and the other dead had been struck as they tried to flee, an eye witness told CNN.

Four of the injured children were in serious condition, the witness said.

Suicide vests, a small vehicle-borne bomb, and a large roadside bomb were also used in the attack, military officials said.

The car bomb exploded near a bridge linking the Hurabaga neighborhood with central Mogadishu, the area where Mogadishu High School and other government institutions are located.

“An explosive-laden vehicle was packed with small vehicle-borne bombs and packed with suicide bombers,” said Captain Mohamed Hussein, a spokesman for the Somali military.

The car bomb exploded at around 8:30 a.m. on the approach road to the Hurabaga Bridge, close to a busy highway that links the Mogadishu suburbs to central Mogadishu.

Witnesses said the explosion completely destroyed the side of the bridge and appeared to be carrying heavy concrete.

Monday’s explosion was the most serious in a series of high-profile terror attacks in Somalia in recent months.

Al Shabaab insurgents are a terror group affiliated with Al Qaeda. The group has repeatedly targeted high-profile areas of Mogadishu and also attacked restaurants in the city.

Somalia remains in an ongoing state of war with Al Shabaab as its most powerful partner and it continues to carry out deadly bombings.

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