At least seven policemen were killed in a huge explosion in a small town Tuesday near the capital, officials and witnesses said. The explosion occurred at a base used by units from the Somali police force on the southern side of the town of Afgoye, 30 kilometers west of Mogadishu.

The Mayor of Afgoye, Abdinasir Alim Ibrahim told VOA’s Somali service that the bomb had been hidden by al-Shabab militants who attacked the base Monday. Continue reading.