Somalia Blast Kills at Least 15, Police Say

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Police say the death toll from a suicide car bomb blast at a district headquarters in Somalia's capital has risen to 15.

Somalia Blast Kills at Least 15, Police Say

Capt. Mohamed Hussein says that toll may rise. At least nine people were wounded, with some badly hurt.

Hussein says most of the dead are civilians.

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab extremist group has claimed responsibility for the attack via its Shahada News Agency, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

The police officer had said earlier that a suicide car bomber has detonated at a district headquarters in Somalia's capital, killing at least seven people.

Hussein said the bomber posing as a milk delivery van sneaked into the Wadajir district headquarters in Mogadishu, AP reported.

The blast comes less than a week after al-Shabab gunmen carried out an overnight siege on a popular restaurant in the Somali capital, killing at least 31 people.

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