Car Bomb Targeting Police Commander Kills Eight in Mogadishu

Wreckage after a suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu, July 10. Photographer: Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP

Somali officials say at least eight people were killed and nine others injured in a car bomb attack in Mogadishu Saturday.

Witnesses say the car bomb targeted a convoy carrying senior police commander Farhan Mohamud Qarole at a busy road in central Mogadishu.

Speaking to journalists at the scene, police spokesman Sadiq Aden Ali said the police commissioner Qarole survived the terror attack.

“A suicide car bomber with heavy explosives plotted by the terrorist group al-Shabab has targeted the Mogadishu police commissioner,” said Ali. “They hit the vehicle of the Mogadishu police commissioner. Their intention was to kill the commander.”

The militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility of the attack.