Huge blast heard in Somali capital: Police

Huge blast heard in Somali capital: Police

Huge blast heard in Somali capital: Police
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A huge explosion rocked Somalia’s capital Mogadishu early on Thursday, triggering a plume of smoke that rose from the blast site amid gunfire.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamist group al Shabaab frequently carried out bombings in the Horn of Africa country.

Earlier in July, at least ten people were killed and nine others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a busy restaurant at Jubba junction in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses had said.

A police officer who did not want to be named told Xinhua that a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest at a coffee restaurant, resulting in casualties.

“We can confirm that 10 people died in the blast and nine others sustained injuries. The death toll could rise,” he said.

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Witnesses reported the blast, saying they heard a huge blast in Shibis district of Mogadishu.

“We heard the blast and then learned that a restaurant was hit,” a witness, Ahmed Abdi, said.

Other witnesses had said the huge blast destroyed buildings nearby.

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