Somalia checkpoint car bombing leaves at least 76 dead

According to officials, a car bomb outside a tax collection centre in Somalia has killed at least 76 people.

In Mogadishu, the blast struck a checkpoint during the morning rush hour.

An ambulance spokesman had warned in the aftermath of Saturday’s blast that further fatalities were expected because of the severe nature of the injuries among an estimated 50 people hurt.

Omar Mohamud Mohamed, the city’s mayor,  said university students – who are believed to be the occupants of a mini-bus – were among those killed. Police officers were also part of the dead people.

The extremist group, which controls parts of the country, has a history of targeting the city’s infrastructure including checkpoints and hotels since it was pushed out of Mogadishu several years ago.

The capital’s last mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman, a British national, died following an al-Shabab attack in July.

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