Three local district commissioners were among the dead [Farah Abdirazak Hussein/AFP]

The death toll from a suicide attack inside the mayor’s office of Somalia’s capital has risen to 11, authorities said, adding that the injured mayor has been sent abroad for treatment.

At least six people were originally reported to have been killed in Wednesday’s attack that took place just hours after a visit by the newly appointed United Nations envoy. 

Three local district commissioners were among the dead, police officer Ahmed Bashane told the dpa news agency on Thursday. Local media reported that Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman and four other local government officials had been airlifted to Qatar for treatment. 

Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-affiliated group claimed responsibility for the attack, telling local media that

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