Large Truck Bomb Shakes Somalia's Capital Mogadishu

15 October, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Mogadishu truck bomb: Blast in Somali capital kills at least 20

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

A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu has killed at least 30 people, police say.

Mohamed Hussein says the blast occurred overnight (NZT) as security forces were trailing the truck that had raised suspicions. "There are casualties but we do not know the exact amount as the scene is still burning".

Al-Shabab, an armed group fighting to overthrow the internationally recognised government, has carried out frequent gun, grenade and bomb attacks in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia.

"There was a huge blast caused by a truck loaded with explosives".

"For 10 years I have been in the emergency service, this is the first I have witnessed".

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


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

"There were dead bodies everywhere and injured people were screaming, some of them from under the rubble of destroyed buildings", said Fadumo Dahir, a witness.

The blast is the largest heard in Mogadishu in recent memory.

Another witness Hamdi Elmi, who was near the scene, said the explosion was deafening and shook the entire surrounding area.

Later on Saturday, a second blast took place in the city's Madina district.

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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