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Somali capital Mogadishu rocked by huge explosion: Witnesses

At least 15 wounded folks rushed to a hospital after the explosion collapsed partitions and left automobiles mangled in coronary heart of metropolis.

A big explosion rocked Somali capital Mogadishu within the early hours on Thursday, triggering a plume of smoke from the blast web site amid sounds of gunfire, witnesses have mentioned.

Mohamed Hussein, a nurse on the close by Osman Hospital, advised Reuters that they “were shaken by the blast pressure, then deafened by the gunfire that followed.”

Hussein mentioned he had been pulled from the rubble of a collapsed ceiling. “Our hospital walls collapsed. Opposite us is a school that also collapsed. I do not know how many died,” he mentioned.

The blast close to the K4 junction within the coronary heart of town collapsed the partitions of close by faculties and left automobiles mangled. Fifteen wounded folks have been rushed to a hospital, the Amin ambulance service advised The Associated Press.

There was no speedy affirmation of a demise toll.

Security officers haven’t launched data on what triggered the explosion and the casualties.

The al-Qaeda-linked armed group, al-Shabab, mentioned in an announcement carried by its Andalus radio that it focused Western officers being escorted by the African Union peacekeeping convoy (AMISOM).

Al-Shabaab has been combating Somalia’s central authorities for years to determine its personal rule based mostly on its strict interpretation of sharia legislation.

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