Somali car blast kills 11, injures 16

Car bomb blast rips through Somali market killing at least 11 and injuring 16

A car bomb has killed at least 11 people and injured 16 others in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

The blast hit a market in the Waberi area, while President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was visiting a nearby university.

No group claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell on the Islamist militant group al-Shabab.

“There was chaos and severed dead bodies strewn around the street,” said Abdulahi Osman, a witness.

Ambulance workers say the death toll could rise substantially.

More than 22,000 peacekeepers are currently deployed in Somalia in the multi-national African Union force.

Al-Shabab, which wants Somalia to follow a strict version of Shariah law, opposes their presence.

Despite being ousted from most of its key strongholds in south and central Somalia, the Islamist group continues to launch deadly guerrilla attacks against the Somali government and foreign troops.

 

BBC/Zainab Sa’id