Car bomb kills 16 in Somalia’s Mogadishu

  • Libyan Express + Agencies |
  • Sunday 19 February 2017

Witnesses spoke of bloodshed and chaos in the aftermath of the explosion

At least 16 people have been killed and more than 40 injured in a car bomb blast in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, BBC said.

The car blew up in the city’s southern Madina district, officials say.

The blast – which ripped through shops and food stalls – is the first major attack in the capital since the election of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed earlier this month, the BBC added.

No group has claimed responsibility, although al-Shabab militants are likely to be the prime suspects, according to the BBC.

On Saturday a senior al-Shabab commander vowed to target the president’s supporters, the BBC indicated.

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