Three Somali policemen killed in Al Shabab car bomb

Al Shabab militants target police building in Somali capital city of Mogadishu with car bomb, killing at least three police officers

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

A car suspected by the Somali police to have been used in a bomb attack is seen as residents gather to view the damage at the scene of the attack near Somali Youth League Hotel, known as SYL hotel, in Hamarweyne district in Mogadishu, February 27, 2016.

At least three police officers have been killed in the Somali capital city of Mogadishu on Wednesday when a car bomb exploded next to a cafe near a police building.

The Al Shabab has claimed the responsibility for the attack in which they said 10 police officers were killed, giving a higher figure than the police reports.

The group usually gives higher figures in the attacks than police reports.

"Three police officers died in this car bomb," said Ali Mohamed Hirsi, the commander of Mogadishu police.

"The police officers were among police being trained."

The Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab frequently launches attacks targeting government buildings, hotels and security forces in Mogadishu

The group was driven out of many regions they once controlled over the African territory, including Mogadishu and they have since carried out violent attacks targeting government officials and civilians.

The United States also targets the Al Shabab in Somalia.

On Monday, Pentagon said more than 150 Al Shabab militants were killed when a drone strike targeted a training camp last weekend run by the group about 120 miles north of capital Mogadishu.

The Al Shabab militant group have been trying to take the central government in Mogadishu, which is backed by the West and African Union.

TRTWorld and agencies