September 28, 2017 / 2:26 PM / 10 months ago

Seven killed by car bomb explosion in Mogadishu: police

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Seven people were killed when a car bomb exploded near a bus stop in a district of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Thursday, police said.

The wreckage of a destroyed van is seen at the scene of a car explosion in Hamarweyne district of Mogadishu, Somalia, September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

It was not yet clear who had carried out the bombing.

The wreckage of a destroyed van is seen at the scene of a car explosion in Hamarweyne district of Mogadishu, Somalia, September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

The Islamist group al Shabaab has frequently carried out bombings in Mogadishu and other towns, seeking to destabilize the western-allied central government.

“I have counted seven dead bodies of civilians,” Major Nur Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters by phone.

He said the car exploded just as a minibus carrying civilians was passing by. The death toll was likely to rise, he said.

A Reuters witness at the scene said he saw at least three dead bodies and a damaged minibus with blood stains on it.

Reporting by Abdi Sheik; writing by Elias Biryabarema; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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