Car Bomb leaves 10 dead in Somali Capital Mogadishu

Somali street kids recruited into Al-Shabaab | CAJ News Africa

Somali street kids recruited into Al-Shabaab | CAJ News Africa

At least nine people have been killed by a auto bomb attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu, a government official said.

Muktar Ali Issak, Chairman of the Disabled Persons in the southern Bay region, said 32 children had been recruited around markets where they mostly beg.

"The death toll may rise further; most of the dead are civilians", Police Capt. Mohamed Abdi said.

Internal Security Ministry spokesman Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud said a vehicle loaded with explosives exploded inside the headquarters and also destroyed houses nearby.

Militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack on a local administration building in the Wadajir district of Mogadishu.

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Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the blast.

The incident took place in early May in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu when Public Works Minister Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji was shot dead in his vehicle.

Mogadishu security forces and African Union multinational forces have forced Al-Shabab out of major parts in Somalia but it continues to carry out deadly bombings and attacks in Mogadishu. Speaking during the celebrations, South West Minister of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, Hassan Hussein Elay, said the administration would take every step possible to stop violence against children, including their recruitment as child soldiers. Their targets include hotels, military checkpoints and the presidential palace.

Al Shabab past year became the deadliest militant group in Africa, with more than 4,200 people killed in 2016, according to the Washington-based Africa Center for Strategic Studies.

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