MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least two people were killed in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday when militants detonated a car loaded with explosives and then engaged in a firefight during an attack on foreign military trainers, witnesses and officials said.
The car was loaded with explosives and moving quickly when it hit the rear of a United Arab Emirates convoy carrying foreign trainers at a former military hospital, killing at least two civilians and wounding three government soldiers, said Mohamed Yusuf, a spokesman for the Somali Ministry of National Security. He said that all of the military trainers had survived.
Other witnesses said that the death toll was much higher. Ali Ommar, 40, who was passing the scene at the time of the attack, said that the suicide car bomber destroyed one of the vehicles traveling with the convoy and that several pedestrians had also been killed.