At Least Seven Dead In Somalia Capital Car Bomb Attack, Police Say

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The minibus was rammed through a security barrier outside offices in the southern district of Wadajir, injuring nine people including the district's top government official.

Shabaab militants linked to Al-Qaeda carry out regular bombings and assassinations targeting government officials, and it is rare for a government minister to drive himself, making mistaken identity a strong possibility.

"The explosion destroyed the building of Wadajir District headquarters".

Hussein says most of the dead are civilians.

A column of white smoke was seen above the capital with houses near the attack rattled by the explosion.

The Islamic militant Al-Shabaab has emerged as behind most of the recruitments. Another soldier who was at the scene at the time was released without charge, the report added.

In an attack last week, al Shabaab fighters killed at least 19 people in a auto bomb and gun attack on a hotel and nearby restaurant in Mogadishu.

Al Shabaab frequently launches attacks in Mogadishu and other areas controlled by Somalia's federal government.

People walk at the site of a terror attack outside the Pizza House restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia, June 15, 2017.

Early on Friday a public service vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device (IED) between Fino and Sheikh Barow in northeast Kenya.

The Shabaab group, which wants to impose a Taliban-style rule on Somalia, has been fighting for the last decade to overthrow successive internationally-backed governments in Mogadishu.