At least 39 people were killed and around 50 injured when a car packed with explosives blew up at a market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday.
The blast, which happed days after Somalia elected a new president, was the result of a suicide bombing, Reuters reports, citing local officials and medical personnel.
“We carried 39 dead bodies and there were many others injured,” Dr Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of the Aamin Ambulance Service, was quoted as saying.
The powerful blast left the Wadajir market in Mogadishu’s Madina district completely destroyed.
Al Shabaab, the Islamist insurgent group that is fighting the UN-backed Somali government, did not immediately claim responsibility.
This month Somalia elected a new president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a dual US-Somali citizen and former prime minister.
Civil war has riven Somalia since 1991.
Al Shabaab has been able to carry out increasingly deadly bombings despite losing most of its territory to African Union peacekeepers supporting the Somali government, the report noted.
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