Suicide blast targets convoy in Somali capital
A suicide car bomb near the presidential palace in the Somali capital killed at least eight people on Saturday (September 25), police said.
Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab said it was behind the attack that targeted a convoy entering the palace.
Police told reporters at the site of the explosion that the casualty figures could be higher as some of the dead and wounded had been removed by their loved ones.
A government spokesman said among those killed was Hibaq Abukar, a women's and human rights adviser in Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble's office.
It wasn't immediately clear whether she was in the convoy or happened to be nearby when the explosion occurred.
Al Shabaab wants to overthrow the government and enforce its own strict interpretation of Islamic law.
The group frequently carries out such bombings.
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Mohamed Hussein Roble
Prime Minister of Somalia (born 1963)
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