A suicide bombing attack occured at Mogadishu Mayor’s office killing several people and leaving the mayor seriously injured. The explosion occured when a suicide bomber walked into the office where a security meeting was going on and detonated explosives strapped to his waist. But it is not clear how the bomber managed to enter the mayor’s office or what officials were attending the security meeting.

The terrorist group Al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed the responsibility of the explosions, claiming that they intended to target newly-appointed United Nations envoy James Swan who met the Mayor of Mogadishu earlier today.

The UN envoy paid a courtesy visit to the mayor and his team to take an overview of the progress and challenges in the Mogadishu/Banadir region, ranging from development to displacement. The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) posted the photographs of Swan with the mayor.

The mayor, Abdirahman Omar Osman, and his deputy were rushed to a hospital with critical wounds and two district commissioners are reported to be among the dead.

Earlier today there were reports of a mortar attack in areas close to the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu. Three-four rounds of mortars were reported to hit residential areas near 15 May School.

The capital city of Somalia suffered another suicide bombing attack on Monday outside a hotel where at least seventeen people died and several others were injured in a car bomb attack by Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab.

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