Somalia: several killed in Mogadishu truck bomb

Randolph Lopez
October 15, 2017

Security official Mohamed Adan told AFP news agency the "huge blast" was caused "by a trucked loaded with explosives".

Gunshots could be heard near the hotel in Mogadishu's Hodan district that appeared to be the main target of the initial detonation.

Somalis gather and search for survivors by destroyed buildings at the scene of the blast.


'We know that at least 20 civilians are dead while dozens of others are wounded, ' said Abdullahi Nur, a police officer who was in the area. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Mogadishu is a regular target for the Islamist group al-Shabab, which has lost swathes of territory since it was forced out of the capital in 2011.

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The Safari Hotel is close to Somalia's foreign ministry. Rescue workers were at the scene.

In another incident on Saturday, the Militant Somali group, Al Shabab said that they had retaken the town of Barire without a fight, after Somali National Army withdrew from the town of Bariire of Lower Shabelle region.

The explosion left a trail of destruction across a busy intersection, with several bodies and bloodied slippers and shoes. The road and buildings nearby suffered damage by the explosion. Overturned cars lay in the street, burning. A large plume of smoke rose nearby. Another witness said there was a traffic jam and that the area was packed with people and cars when it happened.

Saturday's blast comes two days after Somalia's defence minister and army chief both resigned from their posts without explanation.

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