(PM) — A local politician said that at least 90 people died and dozens were injured on Saturday after a massive suicide car bombing on a busy road in Somalia’s capital, an explosion that was triggered near a tax collection centre during the morning rush hour.
The blast struck near or at a checkpoint located on the outskirts of Mogadishu, local reports said. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack and no suspects have been named at this time.
Member of Parliament Abdirizak Mohamed tweeted that he was informed the death toll included 73 civilians, 17 Somali police officers and four foreign nationals — reportedly Turkish engineers.
Mogadishu Mayor Omar Muhamoud told reporters that at least 90 individuals were injured.
Mohamed Hussein, a police officer, told Al Jazeera news agency that children and several university students travelling in a bus were among the injured.
Video posted online by local reporters show a chaotic scene in the African nation’s capital city.
Authorities in Somalia block journalists from getting close to attack sites and have forbidden medical agencies to disclose figures related to deaths and injuries.