Suicide attacks hit Somalia's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in the capital city of Mogadishu on July 31, 2016. (Xinhua/Faisal Isse)
MOGADISHU, April 9 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people, including Somali soldiers, were killed in a suicide car bomb attack on Sunday near the Ministry of Defense in Mogadishu, reportedly targeting the new army chief.
Somalia's state news agency SONNA reported that the suicide car bomb attack left at least 10 people dead and injured more others.
A security official, who refused his name to be used for media, told Xinhua by phone that 15 people, including three government soldiers, were killed and five others wounded.
"Students and other civilians on a minibus were mostly those died in the suicide car attack. The New Chief of Somali National Army, Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale survived from the attack," he said.
"No one can identify the number of casualties, bodies of dead bodies into pieces and blood covered the area of the suicide car bomb attack, vehicles were also destroyed and burned," a journalist at the scene told Xinhua by phone.
Al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the latest suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu. The group said that it killed over 10 government soldiers in the attack.
This is the second car bomb attack in a week in Mogadishu.
The attack comes as the Somali President changed armed chiefs and declared state of war against Al-Shabaab.