Large Truck Bomb Shakes Somalia's Capital Mogadishu

Large Truck Bomb Shakes Somalia's Capital Mogadishu

Kerry Wise
October 15, 2017

"I cannot tell the exact death toll, but together I can say we have transported hundreds of people on our 10 ambulances", Adem said.

Seven people have been killed and at least 10 others wounded in a auto bomb blast near a key intersection in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, officials and witnesses said.

"This was very disgusting, the bomb went off alongside the busy road and left many people dead".

The first explosion in the city's K5 Junction area, which is lined with government offices, hotels, and restaurants, destroyed several buildings and set dozens of vehicles on fire.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the blast occurred Saturday as security forces were trailing the truck that had raised suspicions. "We are still busy transporting casualties", he said, adding that there were bodies under the rubble.

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

Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda allied group who were largely forced out of Mogadishu by military operations in 2011, have been known to carry out suicide attacks on civilians. Authorities believe the truck was going to target a hotel in the area.

The blast, which also wounded at least 15 people, occurred two days after the head of the U.S. Africa Command was in town to meet with Somalia's president.

About two hours later, a second blast took place in the city's Madina district.

Photo There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday's blast, though the Shabab militant group has recently stepped up attacks.