At least 10 people were killed in an explosion when a suicide bomber drove his car into a tea shop near the national security headquarters in Somalia’s capital, a senior police officer said on Thursday.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, the second in almost a week in the city after Islamist militant group al Shabaab said it was behind an attack on the president’s palace on Friday.
“A bomber swerved his car bomb into a tea shop where national security men were sitting and blew up. So far we have confirmed 10 people dead including national security forces and civilians. The tea shop was completely destroyed,” Colonel Abdikadir Hussein, a senior police officer, told Reuters.
Abdullahi Hassan, the district commissioner of Mogadishu’s Abdiasis district, said the target of the attack was a national security car passing the tea shop.