Five dead in car bomb explosion at security checkpoint near Mogadishu

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MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least five people were reported to have been killed and several wounded in a huge car bomb explosion near Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, witnesses said.

According to the eyewitnesses, the blast took place after a truck-laden with explosives went off at a security checkpoint in Sinka Dheer area located on the main highway linking Mogadishu to Afgoye.

The truck exploded at a parking lot soon after it was stopped by the security forces over suspicion, while heading to the capital. A thick plume of black smoke rose to the sky following the explosion.

The sirens of the ambulances were heard as they rushed to scene of the explosion. The wounded, mostly civilians have been taken to hospital in Mogadishu to receive medical treatment.

The Al Qaeda-affiliated Militants have claimed responsibility for the attack through a statement posted on pro-Al shabaab, saying it was targeted an African Union forces convoy passing in the area.

This was the deadliest single day attack in the outskirts of Mogadishu for months, as the UN-backed Federal government is trying to restore peace in the country and defeat Al shabaab in the battlefields.

Xigasho: Radio Shabelle

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