Deadly explosion rocks Somali capital Mogadishu

Nov 25, 2021: A bomb blast near the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has killed at least five people, witnesses and officials say.

Eyewitnesses said that the blast near K4 junction in the center of the city on Thursday morning raised clouds of smoke, adding that they heard gunshots.

According to Abdikadir Abdirahman, director Aamin Ambulance Service, told Reuters News agency, “So far we know five people died and 23 others (were) injured,” meanwhile, Mohamed Hussein, a nurse at the nearby Osman Hospital, told Reuters that they “were shaken by the blast pressure, then deafened by the gunfire that followed.”

Hussein added that he was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed roof. “The walls of our hospital collapsed. There is a school in front of us that collapsed. I don’t know how many died,” he said.

The blast tore down the walls of nearby schools and destroyed cars.

The Somali militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. The group’s military operations spokesman, Sheikh Abdiyas Abu Musab, told Reuters the bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a UN convoy.

The al-Qaeda-linked militant group which has been fughting Somalia’s central government for years said in a statement on its Andalusian radio that it was going after Western troops in a convoy of African Union peacekeepers.

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