Five people are killed in a massive explosion and gunfire in Somalia’s capital

Five people are killed in a massive explosion and gunfire in Somalia's capital
Five people are killed in a massive explosion and gunfire in Somalia’s capital

Five people were killed and 23 injured after a massive explosion shook Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu early Thursday, causing a cloud of smoke to rise from the bomb site and shooting to erupt, according to officials.

Ambulance service director Abdikadir Abdirahman said, “So far we know that five individuals have died and 23 others have been wounded.”

Al Shabaab’s military operations spokesperson, Abdiasis Abu Musab, confirmed to Reuters that al Shabaab was behind the attack on the United Nations convoy.

An enormous bomb at the K4 intersection in central Mogadishu demolished the adjoining Mucassar elementary and secondary school’s walls and wrecked several vehicles.

Mohamed Hussein, a nurse at the adjacent Osman Hospital, stated, “We were rocked by the explosion pressure, then deafened by the shooting that followed.”

According to him, the ceiling of the building had fallen and they had to pull him out from under the debris.

“The walls of our hospital have caved in. Another fallen school may be seen in the distance. I’m not sure how many people perished “he stated.

No one from the security team could be approached for comment right away.

This is not the first time the Somali government’s central authority has been fought by Al Shabaab, which has been battling for years to create its own rule in accordance with its rigid interpretation of Islamic Sharia law.

In its struggle against the Somali military and the African Union-mandated AMISOM army, which helps protect the central government, the organisation routinely conducts bombs and gun attacks in Somalia and internationally.

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