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30 killed in car blast at Mogadishu check-point

Dozens of people were also injured in the rush-hour explosion, and the death toll is expected to increase further.

Dec 28th 2019 · 1 min read
30 killed in car blast at Mogadishu check-point

Dozens of people were also injured in the rush-hour explosion, and the death toll is expected to increase further.

At least 30 people have been killed in a car bomb blast at a busy security check-point in Somalia’s capital.

Police captain Mohamed Hussein said the blast targeted a tax collection centre during the Saturday morning rush-hour in Mogadishu as Somalians returned to work after the weekend.

Government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar said the death toll is likely to increase further as more than 60 people were injured and they are still being taken to hospitals.

Children are among the injured, as are a group of university students who had been travelling in a bus.

An injured man is taken away from the scene on a stretcher (Farah Abdi Warsame/AP) Photos from the scene showed the mangled frames of vehicles, with a large black plume of smoke rising into the sky above.

No group has yet said it was behind the blast.

Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab often carries out such attacks. The extremist group was pushed out of Mogadishu several years ago but continues to target high-profile areas such as checkpoints and hotels in the city.

last updated: 2019-12-28@11:12