9 killed in Mogadishu car bombing

By Abdel-Qader Foudi, Saturday, May 03, 2014

At least nine people were killed in a car bomb blast in Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, a police source said.

At least nine people were killed in a car bomb blast in Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, a police source said.

MOGADISHU – At least nine people were killed in a car bomb blast in Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, a police source said.

An explosive device planted in the car of former municipal official Abdi Kafi Hilowle went off near the busy KM4 junction in central Mogadishu, the source told Anadolu Agency.

Hilowle was killed in the blast.

The Al-Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for the bombing, describing Hilowle as an "agent for foreign enemies".

Hilowle is famous for his criticism of the Al-Shabaag group.

Somali authorities have yet to comment on the attack.

Somalia has remained in the grip of on-again, off-again violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

The country had appeared to inch closer to stability with the recent installation of a new government and the intervention of African Union troops tasked with combating Al-Shabaab.

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