A car bomb exploded near a hotel and restaurants in Mogadishu on Thursday, killing at least 15 people in a busy area of the Somali capital targeted by Islamist militants before, rescue services said, ONAreports citing Reuters.
The afternoon explosion sent smoke billowing into the sky and destroyed two restaurants and some cars parked in the area.
A Reuters witness counted six dead bodies.
“So far 15 people died including five women. Seventeen others were injured in the blast,” Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Amin Ambulance service, told Reuters.
Another witness at the scene said she had seen 18 bodies.
“As a mother, it is shocking for me and I request those behind the explosions to stop. We are crying every day over dead bodies, and it is very hard for us to talk about,” the resident, who did not wish to be named, told Reuters.