Dozens feared dead in Mo­gadishu car bomb

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MO­GADISHU — A car bomb ex­ploded near a busy mar­ket in So­ma­lia’s cap­i­tal Mo­gadishu on Satur­day killing at least eight peo­ple, po­lice said, as med­i­cal sources warned the toll could be far higher.

“We have counted about eight civil­ians so far who were killed in the blast and more than 10 oth­ers wounded but the death toll could be higher be­cause the area is a mar­ket and it was so densely pop­u­lated when the blast oc­curred, most peo­ple who were wounded have se­ri­ous in­juries,” said po­lice of­fi­cial Ibrahim Mohamed.

Med­i­cal sources sug­gested nearly 30 peo­ple had been killed, but this was not con­firmed by au­thor­i­ties.

“Our ambulances have col­lected 13 wounded civil­ians and 28 dead bod­ies, the toll could be higher be­cause of the den­sity of the lo­ca­tion where the blast oc­curred,” Dr Ab­dukadir Ab­di­rah­man Adem, di­rec­tor of the AMIN am­bu­lance ser­vice told AFP.

The blast took place in the densely pop­u­lated Afisiy­one area in south­ern Mo­gadishu.

“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.

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

Its most deadly re­cent at­tack was in Au­gust when a car bomb out­side a pop­u­lar ho­tel close to the pres­i­den­tial palace left 15 dead.

De­spite be­ing driven out of the cap­i­tal in 2011 by an African Union force de­ployed in 2007 the group still con­trol vast swathes of out­ly­ing ru­ral ar­eas from which they launch guer­rilla op­er­a­tions. — AFP

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