Car bomb in Somali capital kills at least 30, spokesman says

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A car bomb exploded at a busy security checkpoint in Somalia’s capital Saturday morning, killing at least 30 people, a government spokesman said. It was one of the deadliest attacks in Mogadishu in recent memory.

The toll was likely to rise as scores of people were being rushed to hospitals, Ismail Mukhtar told The Associated Press. Mayor Omar Mohamud Mohamed, speaking at the scene, said at least 90 people were wounded. He declined to give an updated death toll.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the blast targeted a tax collection center during the morning rush hour as Somalia returned to work after its weekend.

Children were among the wounded. Also among them were several university students who had been traveling in a bus, Hussein said. Photos from the scene showed the mangled frames of vehicles.

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