Almost 30 Dead As Truck Bomb Rocks Somali Capital

15 October, 2017, 00:05 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Al-Shabaab militants recapture Bariire town in southern Somalia

The truck was being trailed by security forces on KM4 street in Hodan district when it exploded on Saturday, police captain Mohamed Hussein told the Associated Press.

A Somali soldier helps a civilian wounded in a blast in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.

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

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The reporter said buildings around the area were severely damaged by the explosion, and several destroyed cars on the road were burning.

The explosion occurred in front of the Safari Hotel, a popular establishment but that is usually not frequented by government officials. Rescue workers were at the scene.

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At least 20 people have reportedly killed and more than a dozen injured, according to police.

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.

No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack, though al Shabab, an offshoot of al Qaida, has carried out other auto bombings in the country in recent months.

Gunshots could be heard at the site, and ambulance sirens wailed across the capital, which has been under tight security with military-manned checkpoints. 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. The US forces have stepped up drone strikes and other efforts this year against al-Shabab.

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