At least 6 dead in latest Mogadishu car bomb attack – reports
"A suicide car bomb rammed into a checkpoint near the National Theatre. It is too early to know details and casualties," local police officer Ahmed Hussein was quoted as saying by Reuters.
"Casualty numbers may rise. There were pedestrians along the street at the time of the explosion," he told Reuters.
Video verified by RT from the area around the National Theatre shows destroyed cars and debris scattered across the ground.
Video Of Mogadishu Explosion, at least 7 people wos killed. pic.twitter.com/qj9lgbTQpy— Ismael Mukhtar Omar (@imukhtaar) March 21, 2017
Last week, at least five people were killed and 12 others were injured in two separate car bombings in the Somali capital.
Reuters reported that the explosion, which occurred just before 6pm local time, was followed by gunfire.
The theater is located beside a radio station and restaurant. Journalists were reported to be injured in the explosion, which came after the country's new Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire named his cabinet.
Video of Mogadishu explosion which occurred just before 6pm local time. https://t.co/Lv6nRZfQCi— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) March 21, 2017