MOGADISHU - Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said Monday that a car bomb which killed at least 13 people the day before was an act of “desperation” by Shebab insurgents. The attack took place on Sunday evening on a busy road leading to the government district, outside a popular cafe. “It shows the desperation of Al-Shebab because they are only hurting innocent civilians,” Mohamud said in a statement, updating an initial toll after the blast of four. In addition, 18 others were wounded, some of them seriously, Mohamud added. Witnesses said the blast could be heard several streets away.

“I saw charred bodies, I don’t know who was targeted but the explosion was very strong and the site was destroyed,” said witness Ahmed Yusuf.