Car Bomb Kills Least 7 in Mogadishu

Katrina Barker
October 15, 2017

A fireball pierced the sky and the echoes of an explosion rattled through the busy streets of Somalia's capital on Saturday as the blast from a bomb-laden truck killed at least 20 people.

Government security official Mohamed Aden said that bombing took place in a busy part of the city. 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.

The explosion was followed by gunfire between security forces and armed men around and inside the popular Safari Hotel.

"This was very disgusting", witness Ismail Yusuf told AFP news agency.

"I was in a public service vehicle when the explosion went off. The emergency team don't even know how many people they have collected because of the high number of the casualties", said Abdukadir Haji Aden, director of Mogadishu's main Amin Ambulance Service. It is believed that the target was a hotel.

In any case, the devastation caused was widespread. "We are still busy transporting casualties", said Abdullahi Nur, a police officer who was in the area, adding that there were bodies under the rubble.

The militants are fighting the Somali military and over 20,000 African Union forces in the country. He referred to an area in the capital that is lined with government offices, hotels, restaurants and shops.

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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