Mogadishu, Oct 14: At least 40 persons lost their lives and several others injured in a massive bomb explosion near a popular hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday, the police said.
Adan Mohamed, a witness, told Xinhua that a vehicle loaded with explosives exploded at the junction of KM5 just opposite to Safari hotel.
Most of the deceased were civilians. Security forces have cordon off the blast site for investigation, Mohamed said.
Another witness Hamdi Elmi, who was near the scene, said the explosion was deafening and stunned the nearby areas.
“I was in a public service vehicle when the explosion went off. I could see smoke from my back and the whole place was shaking,” said Hamdi, adding that “We learn the police had been trailing the vehicle with explosives”.