'Explosion hits' Somali capital Mogadishu

Map showing Somalia and Mogadishu

A large explosion has struck the centre of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, eyewitnesses say.

Local media say the blast, suspected to be from a car bomb, took place in Howlwadag district.

A school in the area has collapsed, with children feared to be among the casualties, local journalists say.

Somalia is regularly targeted by militants from al-Shabab, which wants to overthrow the country’s internationally-backed government.

One witness told Reuters of a loud blast and smoke rising from the site.

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