Blast rocks UN compound in Somalia
Mogadishu - At least one person was killed on Saturday by a powerful explosion at the offices of the United Nations Mine Action Service in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, witnesses said.
The blast destroyed a car in the service's parking lot, killing at least one person in the vehicle, witness Abdulahi Ahmed told AFP.
"The explosion happened inside the compound [of the UN service]. I can see the remains of the car destroyed in the blast and the body of at least one person," Ahmed said.
Another witness, Muktar Isa, said that "the explosion was very strong and it destroyed part of the compound's wall".
A UN representative in Mogadishu, who requested anonymity, confirmed that an explosion had destroyed a car in the UN compound, without giving further details.
The UN Mine Action Service manages a demining programme and works to raise awareness of the dangers of landmines.
Its compound in Somalia is located near Mogadishu airport, one of the areas considered the safest in the war-torn country as it is the base of a 9 000-strong force of African Union peacekeepers.