Suicide bomber targets UN envoy in Somalia

A suicide bomber has seriously injured the mayor of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, killing at least six other people.

A female bomber blew herself up inside the office of Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman during a security meeting.

Militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it carried out the attack, hoping to target the new UN special envoy to Somalia, James Swan, a US citizen.

Swan had met the mayor earlier, leaving before the blast occurred.

The victims, five men and one woman, were all government officials and the incident comes only two weeks after a suicide attack killed 27 in the city of Kismayo, Somalia.

Al-Shabab seeks to overthrow Somalia’s government and has been carrying out regular attacks in Mogadishu, despite the heavy presence of African Union peacekeepers and US-trained Somali troops.

The group is affiliated with al-Qaeda and maintains a strong presence in rural Somalia.