Al Shabaab car bomb kills at least six in central Mogadishu
[AlAhrm] At least six people were killed when a suicide boom-mobile struck a local government office in central Mogadishu on Sunday, destroying the building and a Koranic school opposite.

Islamist bully boy group Al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
said it was behind the attack on Hawlwadag district office, which also blew off the roof of a mosque and damaged houses nearby.

At least six people had been killed, including soldiers, civilians and the jacket wallah, and a dozen injured, according to police officer Mohammed Hussein.

The school was open but at the time of the blast most children were away from the building on a break.

Earlier the director of the Amin ambulance service told Rooters that at least 14 people had been injured, including 6 children.

A Rooters journalist on the scene saw a human hand and blood stains in the rubble as people searched for survivors.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al-Shabaab’s military operations front man, said the group had carried out the attack.

"We are behind the suicide kaboom. We targeted the district office in which there was a meeting. We killed 10 people so far, we shall give details later."

Somalia has been wracked by lawlessness and violence since 1991. Islamist group al-Shabaab is fighting to dislodge a Western-backed government protected by African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
-mandated peacekeepers.
Posted by: trailing wife 2018-09-03