The explosion caused the city wall to collapse and the car was damaged in the city center, killing 5 people and injuring 23 others.
Witnesses said that in the early hours of Thursday morning, there was a big explosion in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, which caused heavy smoke to erupt from the scene of the explosion amidst the sound of gunfire.
“So far, we know that 5 people have died and another 23 have been injured,” Abdikadir Abdirahman, head of Aamin’s ambulance service, told Reuters.
Muhammad Hussein, a nurse at a nearby Ottoman hospital, told Reuters that they were “shocked by the pressure of the explosion and then deafened by the gunfire that followed.”
Hussein said he was pulled out of the rubble of the collapsed ceiling. “The walls of our hospital collapsed. Opposite us is a school that also collapsed. I don’t know how many people died,” he said.
The explosion near K4 intersection in the city center caused the wall of the nearby school to collapse and the car was damaged.
A spokesman for the military operations of the Somali armed group Al-Shabaab told Reuters that the organization’s military operations spokesperson told Reuters that the organization launched an attack and the target was a passing United Nations convoy Abdiasis Abu Musab.
The armed group associated with Al-Qaida said in a statement issued by its Andalus radio station that its target was Western officials escorted by the African Union peacekeeping convoy.
For many years, the Al-Shabaab has been fighting the central government of Somalia to establish its own rule based on its strict interpretation of the Sharia law.