Massive car bomb blast rocks Somalia’s Mogadishu

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At least 20 people have been killed and several others wounded in a massive truck bomb attack outside a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, police said, with officials fearing many casualties from the unusually large explosion.

The blast on Saturday, in the central K5 Junction which is lined with government offices, hotels and restaurants, destroyed several buildings and set dozens of vehicles on fire.

 The explosion was followed by gunfire between security forces and armed men around and inside the popular Safari Hotel.

It was not immediately clear whether Safari Hotel, which is not frequented by government workers, was itself the intended target of the attack. The Somali foreign ministry is also located nearby.

 

 

 

Source:  News agencies