MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least ten people were killed in a suicide bomb explosion at Mogadishu mayor’s office in the Somali capital, police said.
Wednesday’s explosion detonated as local government officials were holding a security meeting in the municipality headquarters, according to Deputy Governor of Banadir Mohamed Tulah.
Tulah says mayor Abdirahman Osman was taken into hospital after he was injured seriously.
He says several district commissioners were also killed in the bomb explosion.
Mayor Osman held talks with the newly appointed U.N. envoy James Swan in his office earlier Wednesday.
The explosion occurred after Mr. Swan left the Mayor’s office. Officials say a security meeting was underway when the explosion occurred.
Somali armed group al Shabaab has claimed the responsibility for the explosion.
The group says its main target was U.N. envoy James Swan, who was met mayor Osman in his office earlier on Wednesday in Mogadishu.
The attack comes a day after 17 people were killed in an al Shabaab suicide explosion at the main road to the city’s airport in the capital.
The militant group also claimed to have carried out Friday’s suicide and gun attack on a popular hotel in the coastal town of Kismayo where 33 people were killed.
Kismayo, a coastal town lies some 500km south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.