A car bomb exploded in a busy safety checkpoint at Somalia’s capital Saturday afternoon, killing at least 30 people, a government spokesman said.
The cost was likely to climb since more than 60 injured people were rushed to hospitals, Ismail Mukhtar told The Associated Press.
Capt. Mohamed Hussein said that the bomb targeted a tax set center throughout the afternoon rush hour since Somalia returned to work following its weekend.
Kids were among the injured. Also among them were many university students who were traveling on a bus,” Hussein said. Pictures from the scene revealed the mangled frames of automobiles.
A big black plume of smoke rose over the capital.
The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab frequently carries out such strikes. Even the extremist group was pushed from Mogadishu a long time ago but has been targeting high-profile places like checkpoints and resorts in the beachfront town.
The assault again increases concern about the willingness of Somali forces to take over responsibility for the Horn of Africa nation’s safety in the forthcoming months by an African Union force.
Al-Shabab, the goal of a rising amount of U.S. airstrikes because President Donald Trump took office, controls portions of Somalia’s southern and central areas. It funds itself using a “taxation” system which specialists explain as extortion of travelers and businesses which brings in tens of thousands of dollars per year.