Blast heard near Somali rebel stronghold – residents


A large explosion was heard near the Somali town of Afgoye, an al Shabaab insurgent stronghold 30 km from the capital Mogadishu, residents and a senior rebel official said.

Afgoye is on a list of 10 Somali towns the Kenyan military said risked air strikes in its campaign against the insurgents. It is a strategic junction on the road leading from the capital to the south of the Horn of Africa nation.

Kenya’s military spokesman was not immediately available for comment, Reuters reports.