LATEST UPDATE; Mogadishu bomb attack targets police chief (PICTURES)

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The Somali Police Force Command says its regional chief has survived a suicide car bomb attack on a convoy of Benadir Regional Police lead by Commander Farhan Mohamud Qaroole.

A brief statement from the Somali Police Force stated that the commander escaped unhurt, but that there had been casualties and damages to buildings at the Banadir Intersection.

“A terrorist attack was carried out on a car packed with explosives, which targeted the Benadir Regional Police Commander, Farhan Mohamud. The commander is safe, although there are casualties at the Banadir intersection in Mogadishu. Terrorists cannot discourage anyone from serving the nation,” the statement said.

At the time of the attack, a convoy of vehicles carrying the Benadir Regional Police Commander was on its way from the Banadir Intersection to Medina Hospital, in front of Villa Baidoa army base.

Businesses near the site of the blast were severely damaged, and the Benadir Maternity and Children’s Hospital was also damaged by shrapnel’s from the blast.

Photographs taken at the scene of the blast show the damaged windscreen of the car hit and the building near the blast damaged.

The blast killed at least five people and injured nine others, including soldiers and civilians. will keep you up-to-date on any new developments.

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