At least 8 killed in twin blasts in Mogadishu: police

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-22 18:04:04|Editor: Yamei
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MOGADISHU, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- At least eight people were killed in two suicide car bomb blasts on Saturday morning near Somalia's presidential palace in capital Mogadishu, police said.

A police officer who declined to be named told Xinhua that the two coordinated blasts could have caused a higher number of deaths and injuries.

"So far, we know that at least 8 people killed in the blasts but the death toll could rise," said the police officer.

Eye witnesses said the explosions were so huge that they shook a wide radius.

"There were massive car bombs, causing panic among the residents. We don't know the number of casualties but we heard several people died," Mukhtar Abdi, a witness, told Xinhua.

Earlier reports said Mohamed Abdulahi, deputy governor of Mogadishu, was injured in the explosion while some of his bodyguards were killed.

A senior reporter from Universal Television died during the blast, but the fate of his colleagues is yet to be established, according to the reports.

Somali militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the latest attack.