Death toll in Mogadishu car bombing rises to 22
A suicide car bomb explosion in the Somali capital on Saturday evening has killed 22 people, including government soldiers, an official said, raising the initial death toll from 20.
The blast which was heard parts of the capital occured at Sayidka intersection at around 7:00pm on Saturday night, near the heavily fortified parliament complex in Mogadishu.
Al shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a bomber drove his explosives-laden vehicle into an army convoy transporting intelligence officers.
Pro-al shabaab media outlets reported at least 17 security force members were killed in the attack, a claim the government denies.
Somali police said three security personnel were among those died in the car bombing.