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Massive blast from truck bomb kills 20 people in Somalia's capital

15 October 2017, 12:23 | Tara Lloyd

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Powerful blast from truck bomb rocks Somalia's capital; police say at least 6 dead

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

A auto bomb exploded outside a hotel on a busy junction in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday, with officials and witnesses fearing many casualties from the unusually large blast.

Dozens more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel.

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday's blast, al-Shabab often targets high-profile areas of Mogadishu with deadly bombings. "There are casualties but we do not know the exact amount as the scene is still burning". "I saw several dead bodies strewn about but could not count them", said witness Ismail Yusuf.

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"I was in a public service vehicle when the explosion went off".

"This was very awful incident".

"They have collected tens of dead and injured and the work is still ongoing", he said.

The explosion was followed by gunfire between security forces and armed men around and inside the popular Safari Hotel. It is believed that the target was a hotel.

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In any case, the devastation caused was widespread.

A huge blast was heard in the center of Mogadisho.

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

The blast at KM4 street in Hodan district occurred two days after the head of the US Africa Command was in Mogadishu to meet with Somalia's president.

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The militants are fighting the Somali military and over 20,000 African Union forces in the country.



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