Somalia: Eight killed in suicide bombing outside Mogadishu school

An Islamist suicide bombing outside a school in Somalia’s capital killed eight people and wounded at least 23 including 13 children, the latest in a string of deadly blasts this year in a country beset by political turmoil and drought.

The bombing at about 7.30am was claimed by Al-Shabaab militants, who said they intended to strike a United Nations security convoy passing near the school.

A UN spokesperson in Mogadishu declined to comment. A staff member speaking on condition of anonymity said no international personnel from the UN were hurt but they had no information on whether Somali employees were hurt.

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Source: Irish Times/Khadija Sagal – Twitter