Huge explosion hits Somalia capital Mogadishu, followed by gunfire

Huge explosion reported in Somalia capital Mogadishu on Saturday, according to reports. Large car bomb explosion was heard in Somalia capital followed by gunfire said witness.

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A car exploded on Saturday near the former headquarters of Somalia airlines in Wadajir district, Mogadishu in the second attack of the day in the restive Somali capital.

Police sources said there was no casualty in the second blast in the same area where massive explosion earlier killed at least 40 people.

Sources said the security officers arrested the driver of the car which was laden with explosives.

A car bomb exploded on a busy street in the center of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday, causing an unknown number of casualties, police said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although the Islamist al Shabaab group has carried out regular attacks.

“It was a truck bomb. It exploded at the K5 Junction,” said Mohamed Hussein, a police officer, referring to an area in the capital that is lined with government offices, hotels, restaurants and shops.

Dozens of people are feared killed in a massive explosion which rocked Safari Hotel in Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday, police and witnesses said.

A police officer at the scene said the blast smashed doors, windowpanes and shook some buildings within the city.

“People are feared dead but I cannot confirm it now,” said the officer.

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