Published: Sun, October 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Car Bomb Kills Least 7 in Mogadishu

Car Bomb Kills Least 7 in Mogadishu

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

Emergency services and ambulances arrived at the scene.

About two hours after the truck bomb went off, a second blast rocked the city's Madina district. Police said they suspect a suicide attack.

The so-called "Kilometre 5" junction is in the Hodan district, a bustling commercial part of the city with many shops, hotels and businesses.

The attacks follows after political impasse between the Federal government of Somalia and its member states, in what many believe could have been foreign interest based political interference. Usually, the shebab instead target the hotels in which resident officials and have sworn the loss of the fragile central government in somalia, supported by the worldwide community and by the 22,000-strong african Union (Amisom).

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In any case, the devastation caused was widespread.

A huge blast was heard in the center of Mogadisho. "We are still busy transporting casualties", he said, adding that there were bodies under the rubble.

"The whole area looks like a scene from a war", said Ahmed Bare, another witness.

The militants are fighting the Somali military and over 20,000 African Union forces in the country.

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.

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