Car Bomb Kills Least 7 in Mogadishu

At least 6 killed as huge blast rocks Somali capital

Usually, the shebab instead target the hotels in which resident officials and have sworn the loss of the fragile central government in somalia, supported by the worldwide community and by the 22,000-strong african Union (Amisom).

MOGADISHU, Somalia - A huge explosion from a truck bomb killed 20 people in Somalia's capital, police said Saturday, as shaken residents called it the most powerful blast they'd heard in years.

The reporter said buildings around the area were severely damaged by the explosion, and several destroyed cars on the road were burning. Pictures show security forces closing the area and helping carry the injured. Witnesses said the blast occurred amid a traffic jam. About two hours after the truck bomb went off, a second blast rocked the city's Madina district. The majority of the attacks have targeted security forces. Two civilians were killed, " Siyad Farah, a police major, told Reuters, adding that a suspect had been caught on suspicion of planting explosives.

Conflicting media reports suggest that the death toll of the attack ranges from 10 to 20 people. The collapse has left people trapped.

Dozens more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel.

Police now say the attacks have killed at least 30 people. While the group has lost large swathes of territory and was forced out of Mogadishu by African Union troops in 2011, the Shabaab continues to stage regular attacks in the capital and countryside.

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