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Loud explosion heard in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu

By Staff reporter , Garowe Online

MOGADISHU, Somalia - A big explosion was heard in the heart of Somali’s capital Mogadishu on Wednesday morning, with clouds of smoke seen above the scene of the blast, Garowe Online reports.

Confirming the incident to Garowe Online, witnesses said the blast was heard close to the former president's residence located in the vicinity of the busy KM-4 junction, where Qatar's embassy is located.

It was not clear who was responsible for the attack, although Islamist group Al-Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in the seaside city, targeting upscale hotels and main government buildings. 

The initial reports say the explosion has resulted from an IED planted in the street and then targeted a military convoy carrying soldiers. The details of the casualties still remain sketchy.

This is a developing story, more soon.