Car bomb rips through Mogadishu market days after the inauguration of a new president

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At least fourteen people were killed on Sunday by a suicide car bomb in the Somali capital days after the inauguration of the country’s new President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

The attack on Sunday targeted a very busy intersection of the neighborhood in the Southern part of the capital.

“A suicide bomber blew himself up inside this market at a busy time, killing at least fourteen people and also injuring many others.”
Local witness said.

“There are many stalls along the road, small shops, restaurants, and tea houses.”
Sumayo Moalim, another local witness told AFP.

Though no group has claimed responsibility for this latest attack, this type of attack is generally attributed to the al-Shabaab militants who were driven out of the capital in 2011, but who have continued to control large rural areas and carry out deadly attacks against the Somali military and those of the African Union. The group had earlier on Sunday opposed the election of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and vowed to continue fighting the Somali government.

The new government is yet to react to the attack.

Frank Adeiza

Frank Adeiza is a reporter for ezeja News and is based in Enugu.
Contact Frank at frank@ezeja.com.

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