According to the media, after the explosion, a shooting began in the street. As a result of the accident, school and hospital buildings were destroyed as several cars were damaged. At least 17 were reported killed and 17 injured.
Several people were left under the rubble of the destroyed buildings. The target of the attack was reportedly the convoy of the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
“Our hospital walls collapsed. Opposite us is a school that also collapsed. I do not know how many died,” Mohamed Hussein, a nurse at the nearby Osman Hospital, said.
On November 20, another powerful explosion was also reported in the Somali capital. During the incident, the well-known Somali journalist Abdiaziz Afkira, who headed the state radio station Radio Mogadishu, was killed. An explosive device was installed in the car of the head of a state television channel.
Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabab’s military operations spokesman, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Al-Shabab has been fighting Somalia’s official government for years to establish its own rule based on its strict interpretation of Islamic law.