Deadly bomb blast strikes Somalia's Mogadishu

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A huge explosion from a truck bomb killed at least 20 people in Mogadishu, the police said on Saturday, and shaken residents called it the most powerful blast they have heard in years.

A second attack has also been reported in the Madina district.

"The bomb went off alongside the busy road and left many people dead".

There were no immediate claims of responsibility, although the Islamist Al Shabaab group has carried out regular attacks in the country.

"This was very terrible", witness Ismail Yusuf told AFP news agency. Even the echo of the devastating power of the explosion of the part of the emergency services.

"This was very frightful incident". Police said they suspect a suicide attack.

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In any case, the devastation caused was widespread.

The blast is the largest heard in Mogadishu in recent memory. "I could see smoke from my back and the whole place was shaking", said Hamdi, adding that "We learn the police had been trailing the vehicle with explosives".

Another witness Hamdi Elmi, who was near the scene, said the explosion was deafening and shook the entire surrounding area.

A joint offensive by Somali and African Union forces in August led to the capture of Bariire town which is around 45 kilometers south of the capital Mogadishu. He referred to an area in the capital that is lined with government offices, hotels, restaurants and shops.

The blast at KM4 street in Hodan district occurred two days after the head of the U.S. Africa Command was in Mogadishu to meet with Somalia's president.