BREAKING: Several explosions heard in Somali capital


SOMALIA, Mogadishu — Several loud explosions were heard in parts of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu on Tuesday evening, eyewitnesses and police said.

Capt Hussein Mohamed, a senior Somali police officer said five mortar shells hit the coastal, conflict-riddled capital of the horn of Africa country.

Mohamed added that some of the mortars have landed at Km-4 junction, near to the city’s heavily fortified Aden Adde International Airport protected by African Union troops known as AMISOM.

A witness, who asked to remain anonymous, said civilian homes in Mogadishu were struck but did not confirm the exact number of casualties.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the mortar fire, though a similar attack carried out by Islamic extremists hit the Presidential Palace of Somalia in the capital city in April.

The attack comes as Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud fired the country’s Intelligence Chief, Gen Abdirahman Turyare on Tuesday following deadly Al Shabaab attacks in Mogadishu, including one on the Ambassador Hotel.

ArmedPolitics will keep you posted for any further updates as they come.

Omar Nor

A senior reporter in-the-field covering the vast East Africa region, focusing on  political issues including scenarios of conflict. Follow Omar on Twitter at @Omaar_nor