24 June 2007

Somalia: Four Wounded in a Grenade Explosion in Mogadishu

Mogadishu — At least 4 people were wounded so far after unknown gunmen threw a hand grenade at a market where a crowd of people were buying Khat, a narcotic leaf commonly consumed in Somalia.

Witnesses told Shabelle that the incident left four wounded. "I could see the explosion. I was near the Khat market when it happened. It definitely was a hand grenade but I did not see who threw it," said Jama Saed, a Khat buyer.

The Somali police soon sealed the area off, stopping people and searching their pockets for explosives.

The police also fired shots to disperse crowds of people who stormed over the area where the blast occurred to identify their family members.

"All shops nearby were closed because shopkeepers are afraid to be ransacked," Sahra, a witness, said

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