Suicide Attack Kills 6 People, Injures Mogadishu Mayor

By Mohamed Olad Hassan | VOA News |

Medical workers help a person on a stretcher who was wounded in a suicide bombing at Madina hospital, Mogadishu, July 24, 2019.

A suspected al-Shabab suicide bomber killed at least six people Wednesday and injured six others, including the mayor of the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses and security officials said.

The attack took place at local government headquarters in Mogadishu, where Mayor, Abdirahman Omar Osman — who is also the governor of Banadir — was meeting with his deputies and the city’s district chairpersons about security challenges, Deputy Mayor Mohamed Tulah told state-run Radio Mogadishu.

Al-Shabab is claiming responsibility for the attack, and the terrorist group says it was targeting the U.N. Special Envoy to Somalia James Swan, an American national who had met with the mayor prior to the attack.

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