There has been an explosion during a suicide bomb attack close to the port of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. The blast happened at a checkpoint near the port.
A police officer, Abdukadir Ahmed said “a suicide bomber tried to strike the police post in front of the port but the security forces shot him and the vehicle exploded”.
“Two police officers and five civilians were wounded”, he added.
An eye witness said “metal debris fell all over us inside the port and we heard gunfire”.
“Security forces have surrounded the area”, he added.
The authorities have not made any formal statement on the number of casualties.
No group has said that they were behind the attack, but the African Union-backed government in Mogadishu has been fighting for control of the country with the Islamist militant group al-Shabab for more than a decade.