Marketplace blast in Somalia kills 34

Miranda GreerFeb 20, 2017

"The area was a busy intersection alongside the road and there were many civilians when the blast occurred,"Mohamed Jilibey, a local security guard explicated".

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the clear suspect is Al Shabaab, the Islamist insurgent group fighting the UN-backed Somali government.

Police and medics said, the death toll from the vehicle bomb blast at the market is likely to rise because of the high number of seriously injured people now being treated at the hospitals. Medical sources estimated that the death toll from the vehicle, which is parked on a road adjacent to the place, may increase due to the seriousness of numerous injured.

"There were also members of the security forces and shoppers and the blast was so huge that it killed almost 20 people, majority civilians", Sumayo Moalim told the AFP news agency.

Farmajo's inauguration takes place on Wednesday, although he officially took office this week at a ceremony marred by a series of mortar strikes near the presidential palace which left two children dead.

Troops from the African Union forced al-Shabab out of Mogadishu in 2011.

Dr Mohamed Yusuf, the manager of the Madina hospital, said they received 47 injured people. There are conflicting reports about how many people were killed.

The EU will continue its relentless support to the people of Somalia in their efforts to recover from years of conflict and rebuild their country. "The perpetrators need to be brought to justice swiftly".

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