Witnesses said the police were gathering for their early morning parade, and were crowded in an open square when the bomber attacked.
“ A man wearing an explosive vest entered the camp disguised as a policeman , and blew himself up ,” police officer Mohamed Abdulle said . “There are casualties, and many injuries .”
Abdulle did not immediately have a toll for the number killed but said he feared there could be several dead .
“ Medical rescuers are still working on evacuating the casualties ,” Abdulle said.
The police camp is Somalia ’ s biggest police academy.
“ Some of the police were already in lines , and others were gathering, when the man in police uniform entered and blew himself up , ” said bystander Hussein Ali . “ Ambulances have been rushing the wounded away and taking the dead bodies. ”
There was no immediate claim of responsiblity for the attack .
However , the Al -Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab has repeatedly attacked police officers in its decade -old battle to overthrow successive internationally -backed governments in Mogadishu.
The Shabaab lost its foothold in Mogadishu in 2011 but has continued its fight , launching regular attacks on military, government and civilian targets in the capital and elsewhere .
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