- Title: Death toll in Mogadishu bomb blast rises to 61 - Governor
- Date: 28th December 2019
- Summary: MOGADISHU, SOMALIA (DECEMBER 28, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WRECKAGE OF CARS AT SCENE OF BOMB BLAST WHICH LEFT DOZENS DEAD SECURITY PERSONNEL STANDING GUARD AT SCENE OF BLAST WITH AMBULANCES ARRIVING IN THE BACKGROUND DAMAGED SCHOOL VAN WITH BLOOD STAINS SEEN ON DOOR SCHOOL BOOKS ON THE FLOOR OF DAMAGED VAN (SOUNDBITE) (Somali) MOGADISHU MAYOR, OMAR MUHAMOUD, SAYING: "A huge explosion was heard when a lorry exploded at the Ex-control check point here at Afgoye and killed scores of people and wounded 90 people so far, and most of them are students from university." VARIOUS OF WOUNDED VICTIMS BEING TAKEN INTO THE HOSPITAL IN WHEELCHAIRS AND ON HOSPITAL BEDS POLICE CAR AND AMBULANCE ARRIVING AT HOSPITAL
- Embargoed: 11th January 2020 09:09
- Keywords: 61 dead Mogadishu Mogadishu mayor Somalia blast bomb checkpoint explosion
- Location: MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
- City: MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
- Country: Somalia
- Topics: Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001BBW269Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:An explosion at a bustling checkpoint in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday (December 28) killed at least 61 people and wounded dozens, an ambulance service official said, the latest in a string of deadly attacks.
Mogadishu Mayor Omar Muhamoud told reporters at the site that the blast happened at the Ex-control check point and said the wounded were mainly students.
The injured were transported to Medina Hospital, where a Reuters witness saw dozens arriving by ambulance from the scene.
The Amin ambulance service told Reuters the death toll was expected to rise.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, but Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab, which wants to topple the United Nations-backed government, regularly carries out such attacks.
(Production: Abdirahman Hussein, Jackson Njehia)
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