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Car bomb kills 11, injures 10 at Somalia shopping mall

Car bomb kills 11

A car bomb exploded at a shopping mall in Somalia‘s capital on Monday, killing 11 people and wounding 10 in an attack that police said was probably carried out by Islamist group Al-Shabaab.

The blast occurred in Mogadishu’s Hamarweyne district, a busy area with shops and restaurants.

Several dead people were removed from a wrecked building at the blast scene. So far death toll is 11 civilians and 10 others injured,” police officer Mohamed Hussein said.

Car bomb kills 11

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Hussein had earlier put the death toll at two.

A Reuters witness saw one dead person at the scene, where four cars burned and a restaurant was destroyed.

Al-Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia against government and other targets.

The group is trying to oust the Western-backed central government and establish its own rule based on its strict interpretation of sharia law.

Al-Shabaab’s militants also carry out attacks outside Somalia. Its latest assault in neighbouring Kenya, a suicide and gun attack at an office and hotel complex in the capital Nairobi last month, killed 21 people.

Al-Shabaab want Kenya to withdraw its troops from Somalia where they are stationed as part of an African peacekeeping force which helps defend the central government

Source: IOL

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