‘Huge’ car bomb explosion kills at least six in Mogadishu (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
RT spoke to a local journalist, Yahye Young from Mogadishu’s Mustaqbal Radio, who said he witnessed first-hand eight dead people strewn across the area where the bomb detonated.
Police have said, however, that the number of casualties is likely to rise.
Photographs and videos shared on social media show the immediate aftermath of the blast, with a burning car visible on the street. One dramatic video shows people carrying the injured away from the scene of the blast.
Qarax dhimasho iyo dhaawac Sababay oo ka dhacay wadada Maka Al Mukarama pic.twitter.com/ekdk4X5YDs— Ismael Mukhtar Omar (@imukhtaar) July 30, 2017
Dhimashada waxaan Indhaheyga Ku Arkay 4 Qof iyo dhaawaca 13 Qof oo dhamaantood ahaa dadkii wadada marayay pic.twitter.com/HH182HfAad— Ismael Mukhtar Omar (@imukhtaar) July 30, 2017
The blast occurred in the city’s the busy area of Maka al Mukarramah Road, located near the Waberi police station.
No one as yet has claimed responsibility for the attack.
However, Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab has carried out a spate of bloody suicide attacks in the city in recent months, amid a campaign of violence gripping the nation struggling to overcome an Islamist insurgency.
Huge suicide attack in front of Waberi police station. Saw several dead bodies including a Madam .vehicles burning and heavy smoke went high pic.twitter.com/DLelOLFLob— Mohamed Moalimuu (@MOALIMUU) July 30, 2017