A powerful car bomb has exploded at a shopping mall in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing at least nine people, security officials said.

Police officer Ahmed Moalin Ali said nine people were also injured in Monday’s blast in an explosives-laden car parked near a mall close to Mogadishu’s local government offices.

“The blast occurred close to Mogadishu mall and it has caused death and destruction. Nine civilians were confirmed dead and several others are wounded,” said

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