Terrorists have Monday morning blasted a UN vehicle in in Garowe, capital of Somalia’s Puntland, killing at least seven (earlier reported nine) people.
Police told Reuters that the attack targeted UN staff headquarters located in Garowe in north-eastern Somalia.
Puntland is the autonomous region of the troubled Horn of African nation.
Pictures have emerged showing wrecked UN vehicles and several bodies.
Other sources say the car explosion took place at the UNICEF gate.
The UN representative in Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has condemned attack.
“Shocked and appalled by loss of life. More details to follow,” he said in a tweet.
According to the latest reports, two Kenyans are among the 7 people killed in the Monday explosion.
Mr Ahmed Abdullahi Samatar alias Layli, the commander of Nugal police force in Puntland, said 7 persons, including 4 foreign nationals working with the United Nations and 2 Somalis died and the suspected bomber.
An Al-Shabaab spokesman for operations Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Mus’ab claimed responsibility for the attack at Garowe, using various information outlets including al-Andalus, a broadcaster run by the jihadist group.
“We killed 11 foreigners who are in an invasion mission in Somalia,” said Abu Mus’ab.
Puntland’s Vice President Abdihakim Abdullahi Amey who visited the scene called for an investigation into the attack.
Puntland Watch reports that a bomber was in the same car as the UNICEF workers reports say he/she was an employee of organisation.