Somalia: Bomb blast killed three women collecting garbage in Mogadishu
Somali officials say a bomb blast in the capital has killed three women and wounded at least seven other people.
Authorities say the victims are municipal street cleaners who were working when the bomb exploded in a pile of trash Sunday in Mogadishu’s Hodon district.
The explosion occurred as the victims, thought to be street cleaners, were sweeping roads in the southern Hodon district, police said.
“We are not sure if the bomb was intentionally planted under the garbage or if it was an unexploded object that was left during the war years ago,” police official Bashir Nure said.
“Several of the women have died and some are injured but I don’t know exactly how many,” he added.
Duniya Ali, an official at Medina hospital, confirmed three dead and 11 wounded from Sunday’s blast.
But witness Mohamed Abdirahman counted four dead. “I saw the dead bodies of four innocent women due to the large explosion, seven others were also rushed to hospital with injuries,” he said
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.
Al-Shabab Islamist insurgents have recently escalated their attacks on the Somali capital.