Big explosion in Somali capital, clouds of smoke seen – Reuters witness

At least 10 people were killed on Tuesday in a auto bomb attack on a government building in the Somali capital which was claimed by Islamist insurgents.Col. Ahmed Warsame said the blast targeted the Waberi district’s police station on a busy road in Mogadishu.Ambulance sirens are echoing across Mogadishu, with dozens of soldiers at the scene.The latest attack comes after 15 people were killed on Tuesday in a auto bomb attack on a government building in Mogadishu that was claimed by Islamist insurgents. However, the attack bore the hallmarks of similar assaults by al-Shabab, a Takfiri militant group linked to al-Qaeda which has a history of carrying out attacks in Somalia.On Tuesday, a auto bomb attack on a government building in Mogadishu, also claimed by the al-Shabaab militant group, killed at least 10 people. A number of people are dead and several others wounded in the blast in Somalia’s capital, police said Thursday, adding that the bomber was trying to drive into the police station’s gate but detonated against the wall instead. It also comes a week after al-Shabab gunmen carried out an overnight siege on a popular restaurant in the Somali capital, killing at least 31 people.Police officer Abdullahi said a suicide bomber had driven the auto into the outer wall of the Waberi police station. It has promised to step up attacks in response to an expanded government offensive.”The blast was caused by a vehicle loaded with explosives, five people were killed and 10 others wounded”, Ahmed Mohamud Mohamed, Somalia’s internal security ministry spokesman told reporters.Witnesses described bodies lying on the ground, ruined cars and damage to the police station.