25 killed in Mogadishu blast: Police say

  • Friday 01, March 2019 08:19 PM
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: At least 25 people were killed after a massive explosion rocked Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday, a police officer said, as “al-Shabaab” claimed responsibility for the multi-pronged assault.
Police were among the 25 victims, Ali Hassan Kulmiye said, adding that a truck bomb had gone off in the evening near an upmarket hotel frequented by government officials.
A second blast was heard about an hour after the first, and police said casualty figures could rise.

Hours after the attack gunfire could still be heard and Bashane said some militants were still in the area.

The explosion in Somalia's capital caused destruction to businesses around the busy Maka Al-Mukarama road, with some of them on fire. Sporadic gunfire could also be heard in the area following the blast.