Blast heard in Somali capital near parliament: witness

Wed Nov 7, 2012 5:55am EST
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MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A large explosion rocked Somali's capital Mogadishu near the parliament on Wednesday, though the cause of the blast and the number of casualties were not immediately clear, a Reuters witness said.

"The explosion went off outside the Somali parliament. We don't know if it was a suicide bomber. Police are here and they've surrounded the area," the witness said.

(Reporting by Mohamed Ahmed; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by James Macharia)