A suspected car bomb killed at least 10 people when it exploded at a police checkpoint next to a busy market in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, police and witnesses said. “The blast scene was at a police checkpoint near the vegetable market in Waberi district,” Major Mohamed Hussein, a police officer, told media, adding that the dead included police and civilian casualties.
“The whole market is ruined and people perished. The death toll is sure to rise,” Colonel Abdikadir Farah, a police officer, told media, saying at least 10 people had been confirmed dead so far, while a dozen more were wounded. Reuters witnesses also counted at least 10 bodies at the scene.
The Somali Islamist group al Shabaab often carries out such attacks in the capital, although there was no immediate claim of responsibility by the group which wants to topple the Western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of Islam.