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Car bomb blast hits Somali capital

Numerous deaths feared in attack targeting Mogadishu seaport

December 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm

Several are feared dead after a car bomb targeted the seaport in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Sunday morning.

Abdifatah Omar Hallane, Banadir regional administration spokesman, confirmed to Anadolu Agency that the blast was caused by a car bomb.

“It is too early to know how money people were killed or wounded, but I can confirm the type of blast which was a car bomb,” Hallane said

Abdirahmaan Mo’alim Abshir, an eyewitness who was at the scene, told Anadolu Agency over the phone that he had seen six lifeless bodies.

“I was at the seaport entrance when the car exploded. I saw at least six dead bodies including women. After the blast, Somali security forces arrived the scene,” Abshir Said.

The Mogadishu seaport – the largest in the country – is managed by the Turkish company Albayrak.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but al-Qaeda-affiliated group al-Shabaab has orchestrated the recent ones.

Sunday’s blast comes a day after another car bomb attack – for which the al-Shabaab group claimed responsibility – targeted US-trained Somali special forces on the outskirts of Mogadishu, claiming the lives of at least four people.