Loud explosions heard in Somali capital Mogadishu

2016-07-31 10:22


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Mogadishu - Loud explosions and gunfire shook the Somali capital Mogadishu on Sunday, close to a busy road in the city centre, an AFP correspondent said.

According to local media, two explosions took place near the police's criminal investigations department headquarters, followed by an exchange of gunfire.

There was no immediate information on casualties or claim of responsibility.

The blasts came just days after at least 13 people were killed in twin bombings near Mogadishu Airport that happened close to UN and African Union buildings.

That attack was claimed by Shabaab militants fighting to overthrow Somalia's internationally-backed government.

The Shabaab were forced out of the capital five years ago but continue to carry out regular attacks on military, government and civilian targets.

In recent months they have claimed attacks on military bases as well as civilian targets including hotels.

This year is considered critical for the group, which is eager to disrupt an expected change of government due in the coming months.

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