Explosion goes off near security ministry headquarters in Somali capital: police

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 05, 2017 5:02 AM

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A huge explosion took place near the security ministry headquarters in the center of Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, a police officer said.

A Reuters witness who heard the blast said a cloud of smoke billowed from the scene.

Officer Mohamed Hussein said the explosion was near a compound housing the security ministry headquarters. The cause of the blast was still unclear, he said.

In the past, al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants have taken responsibility for blasts and gun attacks in the capital and elsewhere in Somalia.

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(Reporting by Abdi Sheikh,; writing by George Obulutsa, editing by Angus MacSwan)