Dozens killed in Mogadishu car bomb attack

No claim of responsibility for attack in capital that left scores of people, including children, wounded.

At least 61 people have been killed and many wounded in a car bomb attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, police and witnesses said.

Police officer Mohamed Hussein said the blast targeted a tax collection centre during the morning rush hour.

Close to 100 wounded people, including children, were rushed to hospitals. Among them were several university students who had been travelling in a bus, Hussein said.

There were conflicting reports about the number of casualties.

“There are many casualties as well so the death toll is expected to rise,” Hodance service, said 61 people were killed in the attack.

Ali said, adding that the explosion took place at the Ex-Control junction.

Abdiqadir Abdirahman, director of the Aamin AmbulanAl Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa said Somali police officers were among the casualties.

“We can expect more injuries and casualties once these numbers are officially tallied,” she said, speaking from Nairobi. “A lot of officials are saying their priority is to try to help those who have been injured, trying to get them to hospitals as quickly as possible and then, of course, count the dead.”

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