Car bomb kills 16 in Somalia’s Mogadishu

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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