Car bomb explodes in Somalia, killing at least 10 people

Emergency rescue staff carry the body of a victim on a gurney at the scene of a car-bomb attack on February 4, 2019 in Somalia capital Mogadishu's Hamarwayne District. (Photo by ABDIRAZAK HUSSEIN FARAH / AFP)

Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN)A car bomb exploded at a crowded shopping mall in Mogadishu, the Somali capital on Monday morning, killing at least ten people and wounding dozens of others, police and witnesses said.

Capt Farah Osman, a Somali police officer at the scene, confirmed to CNN that the explosion tore through a Mogadishu mall in the capital's business district, Hamarweyne.
The death toll may rise as rescuers search for survivors and some of the wounded are in critical condition, Osman said.
    Ibrahim Jama, a witness, said explosion rattled windows of several nearby business buildings.
      Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.
      The Al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group was also responsible for three car bombings last November that that killed at least 52 people with about 100 more injured.
      The bombs were detonated near a hotel popular with visitors to Somalia and international journalists.
      Since 2006, the group has carried out several attacks in Mogadishu killing international aid workers, journalists, civilian leaders, and peacekeepers, as well as Somalia's government and military targets.