Australia markets closed
  • ALL ORDS

    7,726.80
    -1.70 (-0.02%)
     
  • ASX 200

    7,415.50
    +0.10 (+0.00%)
     
  • AUD/USD

    0.7468
    -0.0003 (-0.04%)
     
  • OIL

    83.98
    +1.48 (+1.79%)
     
  • GOLD

    1,793.10
    +11.20 (+0.63%)
     
  • BTC-AUD

    82,026.18
    +114.16 (+0.14%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    1,453.34
    -49.69 (-3.31%)
     
  • AUD/EUR

    0.6407
    -0.0015 (-0.23%)
     
  • AUD/NZD

    1.0428
    -0.0004 (-0.04%)
     
  • NZX 50

    13,093.24
    -32.74 (-0.25%)
     
  • NASDAQ

    15,355.07
    -134.52 (-0.87%)
     
  • FTSE

    7,204.55
    +14.25 (+0.20%)
     
  • Dow Jones

    35,677.02
    +73.94 (+0.21%)
     
  • DAX

    15,542.98
    +70.42 (+0.46%)
     
  • Hang Seng

    26,126.93
    +109.40 (+0.42%)
     
  • NIKKEI 225

    28,804.85
    +96.27 (+0.34%)
     

Car bombing kills 8 in Somali capital

·1-min read

A suicide car bomb has killed at least eight people in the Somali capital at a street junction near the president's palace, police say, and al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab says it was behind the attack, which targeted a convoy going into the palace.

Police spokesperson Abdifatah Aden Hassan told reporters at the scene of Saturday's blast the casualties could be higher, since some of the dead and wounded had been taken away by their relatives.

"Al-Shabaab is behind the blast. They killed eight people including a soldier and a mother and two children. Al-Shabaab massacres civilians," he said.

Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, the government spokesperson, said among those killed was Hibaq Abukar, an adviser of women and human rights affairs in Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble's office.

"She was one of the pillars of PM's office (for) women affairs," he said on his Facebook account.

It was not immediately clear if Abukar was in the convoy or if she just happened to be close by when the blast happened.

Al-Shabaab confirmed it was behind the attack. The group, which wants to overthrow the government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islamic law, frequently carries out such bombings.

"A Mujahid driving a suicide car bomb targeted a convoy of cars going into the (presidential) palace," Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab military operation spokesperson, told Reuters by phone.

A Reuters witness at the scene of the attack reported seeing seven cars and three rickshaws destroyed by the blast, and the whole junction covered in blood.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting