39 killed, 50 wounded in car bomb blast in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu


Mogadishu: A car bomb ripped through a market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday, killing at least 39 people and injuring around 50, officials said, days after Somalia elected a new president.

The car was driven by a suicide bomber, said Ahmed Abdulle Afrax, the mayor of Wadajir district where the bombing happened.

“We carried 39 dead bodies and there were many others injured,” Dr Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of the Aamin ambulance service, told Reuters.

Madina hospital took in 47 injured people, said the manager, Dr Mohamed Yusuf.

The car was parked near a restaurant, and the blast went off at a busy time when shoppers and traders were gathered inside the market, said Ahmed Abdulle.

The powerful blast was the first major attack since Somalia’s new president was elected on February 8.