'Explosion hits' Somali capital Mogadishu

'Explosion hits' Somali capital Mogadishu
'Explosion hits' Somali capital Mogadishu

A large explosion has struck the centre of the Somali capital Mogadishu, eyewitnesses say.

One witness told Reuters that they heard a loud blast and seen smoke rising from the site.

Local media say the blast, suspected to be from a car bomb, took place in Howlwadag district.

Somalia is regularly targeted by militants from Al-Shabab, which wants to overthrow the country's internationally-backed government.

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