20 Killed in Blast Near Mogadishu
A massive truck bomb exploded outside Mogadishu's new seaport Sunday morning, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens of others.
The militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the blast that occurred in a parking lot near the entrance of Mogadishu’s port, causing huge damage to the surrounding areas.
Mogadishu residents said the blast could be heard across the city, and pictures of black smoke from the scene were circulated on social media.
A Mogadishu’s regional administration spokesman told VOA's Somali service that most of the victims were civilians.
Mogadishu's seaport is run by Al-Bayrak, a Turkish company that has a 20-year agreement with the Somali government to upgrade and manage the operations of the port. It is unclear if any of the Turkish nationals were hurt.
Roof Collapse at Nigerian Church Kills More Than 100
Rescue workers continue to look for survivors in the debris following the collapse of a church roof in southern Nigeria, killing at least 100 people. Some reports put the death toll as high as 160.
Hundreds of people were in the church, which was still under construction when the roof collapsed Saturday in the city of Uyo.
Local officials played down the number of victims. State police spokeswoman said 27 had been killed and 30 injured.
Several local officials were in attendance when the roof fell, including Udom Emmanuel, the governor of Akwa Ibom state, who escaped without injury.
Governor Emmanuel tweeted that he personally supervised rescue operations at the scene. He has declared December 11 and 12 as days of mourning.
A spokesman for the governor said the state will conduct an investigation into the collapse.