10 Somali women killed in Mogadishu blast

Casualities in Somalia

Casualties in Somalia (file) 

MOGADISHU (AA) – Ten Somali female cleaners were killed Sunday in a blast that hit central Mogadishu, eyewitnesses said.

The blast took place when a Somali female cleaner tried to grab a bag from a rubbish bin in Hodan district, which turned out to contain an explosive charge, the witnesses said.

The explosion killed ten female cleaners and injured eight others, some of them seriously, they added.

Security forces have cordoned off the area as ambulances rushed to carry the injured to hospital.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the government usually points the finger at the Al-Shabaab militant group for such attacks.

Somalia, located in the Horn of Africa, has remained in the grip of political violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

The troubled country recently appeared to inch closer to stability with the installation of a new government and the intervention of Kenya-led African Union troops tasked with bringing Al-Shabaab to heel.

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