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Car bomb explodes near police checkpoint in Mogadishu [EPA]

Car Bomb Attack Hits Somalia’s Capital, Mogadishu

At least 11 people reportedly killed in a car bomb attack on a police checkpoint next to a busy market in the Waberi district in Mogadishu, Somalia.

 A suspected car bomb has killed at least 11 people and injured another 16 when it exploded at a police checkpoint close to a busy market in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Eyewitnesses saw several bodies at the scene of the blast near the vegetable market in Mogadishu’s Waberi district on Saturday, where stalls and shops were wrecked and ambulances raced away with victims.

“The whole market is ruined and people perished. The death toll is sure to rise,” Colonel Abdikadir Farah, a police officer, told Reuters news agency.

“The death toll could be as high as 30,” medical sources told the AFP news agency

“There was chaos and severed dead bodies strewn around the street. The market was so busy with people shopping when the blast ripped through the area. I saw many dead bodies but I could not count, I have helped collect more than 10 of them,” said Abdulahi Osman, who witnessed the blast.

Meanwhile, no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but immediate suspicion fell on the Al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab, locked in battle against the Somali government and which regularly mounts attacks in the city.

It’s most deadly recent attack was in August 2016 when a car bomb outside a popular hotel close to the presidential palace left at least 15 dead in Somalia.


 

Culled from: Aljazeera

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