NAIROBI, Kenya — A large explosion killed at least eight people and injured nine others in Mogadishu on Wednesday, according to the head of an ambulance service, the latest attack to hit Somalia’s capital as the country grapples with political infighting and a growing humanitarian crisis.
The car explosion occurred just before noon on a road leading to Mogadishu’s international airport, according to Abdulkadir Adan, the founder of the ambulance service, Aamin Ambulance, Mogadishu’s only free ambulance service.
The road also services a major police academy and a compound where United Nations and foreign government staff members and officials live.
Somali Memo, a news website affiliated with Al Shabab, said the militants claimed responsibility for the attack on Wednesday.
It said the group had targeted “a convoy of vehicles carrying white security officers.”
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NAIROBI, Kenya, Mogadishu, Shabab, Somalia