December 22, 2018 / 7:40 AM / a year ago

Two explosions hit Somali capital city centre - police, Reuters witness

MOGADISHU, Dec 22 (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in the city centre of Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, police said, causing huge clouds of smoke to rise above the city, followed by a second explosion nearby.

“A suicide car bomb exploded at a checkpoint near the national theatre. We have no casualties details now,” police official Ahmed Abdi told Reuters.

A Reuters witness said a second blast went off near the scene of the first one. The checkpoint is also about 400 metres away from the president’s residence. (Reporting by Abdi Sheikh; Writing by George Obulutsa Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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