Local authorities said report up to ten people were killed Monday in Somalia when a heavy blast hit a United Nations bus in the northeastern town of Garowe. The total number of casualties is still unclear. It is known that al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
"A blast hit the bus carrying workers to the UN office in Garowe. At least nine people died including two Kenyans and seven Somali guards," Mohamed Abdi, a police officer told the press from the scene.
The device is believed to have been attached to the minibus and was detonated near the UN office.
The town of Garowe, located in the northeastern region of Somalia, is the capital of the semi-autonomous Puntland region.
"Investigations are still ongoing to establish how it happened but I can confirm you that the UN compound was not affected," Mohamed added.