Explosion In Mogadishu, Clouds Of Smoke Seen


FILE PHOTO: A bomb scene in Somalia

FILE PHOTO: A bomb scene in Somalia

A loud explosion followed by gunfire was heard in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Monday and huge clouds of smoke could be seen, a Reuters witness said.

The witness said the cause of the blast was not immediately clear.

On April 5, police say a car bomb rammed into a cafe in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, near the compounds housing the security and sports ministries, killing three.

“A suicide car bomb hit a small restaurant near the sports and youth ministry. So far we have confirmed three civilians died,” Nur Aden, a police officer, told Reuters.

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The cause of the blast was still unclear, he said.

In the past, al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants have taken responsibility for blasts and gun attacks in the capital and elsewhere in Somalia.

On March 13, a large explosion hit Mogadishu, killing six people.

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