A suicide bomb targeting a senior police official killed nine people in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday — the second deadly terrorist attack in the besieged city this month.

Police commissioner Farhan Mohamud survived the attack by Al-Shabaab militants, who claimed responsibility, according to reports.

A Somali police spokesman said the bomber drove up to the government convoy in a vehicle loaded with explosives at a busy intersection in Mogadishu.

Witnesses reported seeing several dead bodies on the street and the area choked with heavy smoke.

Al-Shabaab is linked to Al Qaeda and has been fighting to overthrow the Somali government since 2007.

Last week, another suicide attack, targeting a tea shop, left 10 dead. Last month, an attack on a military base in Mogadishu left 15 dead.

Rescuers, security and paramedics are seen at the scene of a car explosion near Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia July 10, 2021.
Rescuers, security and paramedics at the scene of a car explosion near Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia on July 10, 2021.
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