Mogadishu: Witnesses said the explosion occurred in parts of the Somali capital Mogadishu in the early hours of Saturday. A suicide car bomber drove into the checkpoint outside the port, but the police did not immediately announce the casualties comment.
“Metal debris fell all over us inside the port and we heard gunfire,” said a port worker who sought anonymity for security reasons. “Security forces have surrounded the area.”
Mohammed Ali, the shopkeeper in the area, said the explosion shook the ground. At the Medina hospital in the city, a nurse Halima Nur said five people were injured and treated in the explosion.
Somalia has been in conflict since 1991, when warlords and warlords overthrew the dictator Siad Barre and then faced each other.
Since 2008, al Shabaab, an Islamic militant group, has been struggling to overthrow the central government and establish its own rule based on a strict interpretation of Islamic law.
(Reporting by Abdi Sheikh; Writing by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)