THIS is the astonishing moment an Italian military convoy survives a huge car bomb attack in the Somalian capital.
Footage shows the armoured vehicle driving through Mogadishu when the blast unfolds – throwing debris across the windscreen as it is enveloped in a flash of red.
But despite the terrifying attack, no one in the convoy was injured thanks to the Iveco LMV (Light Multirole Vehicle).
A photo after the attack shows the 4WD tactical vehicle – developed to reduce the threat of IEDs and landmines – barely scathed by the attack.
It instead shows the seven-tonne vehicle covered in dirt, with the engine exposed.
Italy’s defence ministry confirmed they had been targeted but no serious injuries had been reported. Several Somali civilians were wounded.
A Somali security officer said EU advisers training the national army had been in the envoy.
They said: “There was a car bomb targeting the EU military advisers along the industrial road. A vehicle loaded with explosive was rammed on to one of the convoy vehicles and there are casualties.”
Monday’s attack was one of two in Somalia claimed by insurgent group al-Shabaab.
After the car bombing, a US special forces base in the town of Baledogle – used to launch drones – was also targeted.
In a statement, the insurgents said: “In the early hours of Monday morning, an elite unit of soldiers from Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen Martyrdom Brigade launched a daring raid on the US military base.
“After breaching the perimeters of the heavily fortified base, the mujahideen (holy warriors) stormed the military complex, engaging the crusaders in an intense firefight.”
The attack on the US compound, one of the boldest by the terrorist group, was thought to have been prompted by a sharp increase in airstrikes against it since President Trump declared the south of the country an “area of active hostilities” soon after taking office.
American helicopters are based at the Soviet-built airfield and the base is used by US forces to train the Somali army’s counterterrorism units.
The jihadists were driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 but they still carry out suicide bombings against government and international targets.