Somalia: At Least 20 Dead After Truck Bombing

Somalia: At Least 20 Dead After Truck Bombing

Somalia: At Least 20 Dead After Truck Bombing

Police say two people were killed in a second bomb attack in the Madina district of the city.

A huge explosion from a truck bomb has killed at least 20 people in Somalia's capital, police said Saturday, as shaken residents called it the most powerful blast they'd heard in years.

"The truck was being chased by security forces, when the blast went off" the State media reported quoting the Somali intelligence Chief Abdullahi Mohamed Ali as saying.

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No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack, though al Shabab, an offshoot of al Qaida, has carried out other auto bombings in the country in recent months.

Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adem, the director of the city's ambulance service, said "hundreds" of victims had been transported to the hospital. "I saw several dead bodies strewn about but could not count them", said witness Ismail Yusuf. It is not known whether the hotel was the target on this occasion, but in the past the Shabaab has frequently attacked hotels where officials stay. Even the echo of the devastating power of the explosion of the part of the emergency services.

Adan Mohamed, a witness, told Xinhua that a vehicle loaded with explosives exploded at the junction of KM5 just opposite Safari hotel.

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

However, the militants continue to control rural areas and launch attacks on military, government and civilian targets in Somalia, as well as terrorist raids in neighbouring Kenya.

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