There was a car bomb explosion in Somali. The bomb blast happened beside a hotel and restaurant in Mogadishu city, which happens to be the largest city in Somali. And the city is also a target to Islamist militants.
Rescue services present at the location of the explosion said 15 people were killed, two restaurants were destroyed, along with the cars parked around the area.
Many cars and buildings nearby are severely damaged
The Director of Amin Ambulance Service, Abdikadir Abdirahman made a statement.
Here's what he said,
"So far 15 people died including five women. 17 others were injured in the blast."
An eyewitness also has this to say about the car bomb explosion.
As a mother, it is shocking for me and I request those behind the explosions to stop.
We are crying every day over dead bodies, and it is very hard for us to talk about
The authority announced 15 dead and 17 injured
Earlier on, a police by name Mohamed Hussien had given the death toll to be eight. Later on, he said this,
The blast destroyed a restaurant and killed many, who were inside and outside the restaurant. The death toll may rise.
Naijauto.com and other sources gathered that no group has claimed responsibility for the car bomb blast.
The Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab militants have targeted the same area in the past, that is, the Wehliye hotel situated along Maka Al Mukaram road. And it's always a busy road.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack till date
Last week Saturday, a gunfight and two explosions had occurred between security personnel and Al Shabaab militants in Mogadishu. This resulted in the killing of 15 persons.
The militant group Al Shabaab have been making efforts to overthrow Somalia's western-backed central government and in 2011, got banished from Mogadishu. Not only were they thrown out in the capital, but also areas where they had strongholds.
Al Shabaab still remains a threat as the militant group keeps launching bomb attacks in Somalia and Kenya, their neighboring country. Kenya troops are also part of the mandated peacekeeping force from AU, sent to help defend Somali's central government.
Lives are in constant fear of another car bomb blast in Somalia
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