Car Bomb Targeting Turkish Contractors Explodes Near Mogadishu, Somalia – Reports

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The explosive device reportedly went off in Afgoye, some thirty kilometres outside of the Somali capital, police told Reuters. There are no immediate reports of casualties due to the incident.

A car bomb has exploded on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, killing four and injuring at least twenty, according to the newspaper Hurriyet.

Law enforcement previously told Reuters that an explosive-laden car rammed into a place where Turkish engineers and Somali police were having lunch.

Police officer Nur Ali from Afgoye, where the incident occurred, was quoted as saying that it was too early to know the number of casualties.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

An eyewitness told Reuters that he had heard a huge blast and seen casualties being carried from the scene but he could not make out whether they were dead or wounded.

In the meantime, Somali news portal Garowe Online reported that leading Somali military officials have confirmed that two attacks launched by members of the al-Shabaab radical group (part of al-Qaeda* terrorist organisation) near the capital of Mogadishu were repelled by the army, 

In the early hours of Saturday morning, al-Shabaab militants attacked a Somali National Army (SNA) camp in the town of Afgoye, approximately 19 miles southwest of Mogadishu, the portal stated.

“They attacked the town and our forces responded. The fighting lasted a while before our forces defeated them”,…

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