Explosion rocks Somali theatre
04 April 2012, 16:52
Mogadishu - An explosion killed an unknown number of people at Somalia's
newly reopened national theatre in Mogadishu on Wednesday, during an
event attended by officials, witnesses said.
Theatre reopened on March 19 for the first time in 20 years, an event
the government said signalled a marked improvement in security in the
war-ravaged Horn of Africa country.
But al-Shabaab rebels, who
pulled out of the capital last August, have continued to strike targets
in the heart of the coastal city using roadside bombs, mortar and
Ambulance sirens wailed as they rushed people to hospitals after the blast.
officer Mohamed Abdikadir told Reuters there were deaths and injuries
but he did not have confirmed numbers. He said the security forces had
surrounded the area.
One witness, Said Mugambe, told Reuters he
could see four dead bodies. Initial witness reports suggested a suicide
bomber was behind the blast.
Al-Shabaab said on March 14, after
one its suicide bombers struck at the presidential palace, that more
explosions and bombers would follow.
The presidential palace has
come under mortar attack several times in the last two weeks. The bombs
have mostly fallen short, killing civilians in nearby camps for those
displaced by the violence.