Somalia: Five people injured as blast hits Kismayo

Somali police cadets, serving in the Interim Jubba Administration, march in a parade for a passing out ceremony to mark the completion of their training in Kismayo, Somalia, October 3rd, 2016 (AMISOM Photo / Barut Mohamed)

KISMAYO — A roadside explosion targeting a police station has left at least five civilians wounded in the coastal town of Kismayo.

Police spokesman Jam’a Ahmed Hassan said that the blast went off near the police station, adding that five civilians had been injured.

“It was an improvised explosive device, which was planted near the station. The all victims were sitting near the scene of the explosion,” Hassan said.

He says several people had been arrested in an operation carried out by police soldiers over the blast in the town.

No group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s blast in Kismayo town, which is situated about 528Km southwest of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare