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Car bomb blast in Somali capital kills 14 people

Attack takes place on capital Mogadishu's busiest street, death toll likely to rise

Car bomb blast in Somali capital kills 14 people FILE PHOTO

By Mohammed Dhaysane


At least 14 people were killed and more than six wounded when a car bomb exploded on the busiest street in Somalia’s capital Thursday, according to a security official.

Somalia's Internal Security Ministry Spokesman Abdi Asis Hildhiban confirmed the casualties during a news conference at the blast site in Mogadishu.

He said the attack targeted a busy restaurant near Weheliye Hotel.

"The attack was a suicide car bombing which targeted civilians, mostly at the restaurant and a barber shop next to it," he said.

Weheliye Hotel is located in central Mogadishu along Maka Al-Mukarama Street, the busiest street in the capital.

Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliated group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack on the Internet.

Last October, at least 300 people died in a double car bombing in Mogadishu, the deadliest attack in modern Somali history.

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