- Title: Suspected car bomb kills at least 10 people in Somali capital
- Date: 26th November 2016
- Summary: MOGADISHU, SOMALIA (NOVEMBER 26, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CLOUDS OF SMOKE FROM ATTACK SCENE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE RUNNING AWAY FROM SCENE, AMBULANCES VARIOUS OF FIRST RESPONDERS CARRYING CASUALTIES FROM SCENE VIEW OF MANGLED TIN ROOF ON FLOOR AFTER ATTACK CASUALTY BEING CARRIED ON STRETCHER TOWARDS AMBULANCE (SOUNDBITE) (Somali) UNIDENTIFIED MOGADISHU RESIDENT, SAYING: "A car bomb just went off inside Berta market when people were busy with shopping. I am very sad that this has just happened, I am very shocked." VARIOUS OF BLAST SCENE CASUALTY BEING CARRIED AWAY CHAOTIC RESCUE EFFORTS TAKING PLACE INJURED PERSON BEING PUT IN AMBULANCE BLAST SCENE
- Embargoed: 11th December 2016 11:57
- Keywords: Somalia car bomb Mogadishu market explosion checkpoint police Waberi district
- Location: MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
- City: MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
- Country: Somalia
- Topics: Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0015A2YHQF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A suspected car bomb killed at least 10 people when it blew up at a police checkpoint next to a busy market in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday (November 26), police and witnesses said.
Reuters witnesses saw several bodies at the scene of the blast near the vegetable market in Mogadishu's Waberi district, where shops and stalls were wrecked and ambulances raced away with casualties. Pools of blood lay on the ground.
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.
"A car bomb just went off inside Berta market when people were busy with shopping. I am very sad that this has just happened, I am very shocked," said a witness to the attack.
Somalia is still battling an Islamist insurgency while it seeks to rebuild after more than two decades of conflict and chaos that have left the nation in tatters.
It is holding a vote at polling centres across the country over several weeks for a new parliament.
Some 14,000 people representing Somalia's federal states have been chosen to pick the 275 lawmakers. Those members of parliament will choose a new president.
The government, U.N. officials and international donors have said security issues prevented a broader vote. The parliamentary vote was due to end on November 30, after several delays, but an official said it was now likely to last until mid-December.
Al Shabaab accuses the presidential and parliamentary candidates of being foreign stooges. "We urge Somalis to take their guns and liberate our Somalia," Al Shabaab official Sheikh Ali Mohamed Hussein told Reuters earlier this week.
Candidates and government officials dismiss such accusations.
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