Loud explosion heard in Mogadishu, casualties feared

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Tuesday May 14, 2019

A loud explosion occurred in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, the police and witnesses said.

Witnesses said a huge car bomb detonated at the headquarters of Mogadishu’s Wardhigley district and the number of casualties has not been established.

A police officer who declined to be named told Xinhua that humanitarian aid agency was distributing food in the area at the moment of the blast.

“We know that the blast caused casualties but we will give further details later,” the officer said of the blast which occurred as several students were marching along the streets to protest the cancellation of their examinations.

Witnesses said that huge car bomb rocked local government building.

“The blast was huge and devastating, there were casualties but no one knows the exact figure,” Ahmed Mumin, a witness told Xinhua.

The blast comes while Mogadishu is on high alert as security forces blocked the main roads of the capital to prevent possible attacks by the militants.

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