Suspected car bomb strikes near market in Somali capital: police


MOGADISHU, Somalia: A suspected car bomb killed at least three people when it exploded at a police checkpoint next to a market in the Somali capital Mogadishu Saturday, police and witnesses said.

“The blast scene was at a police checkpoint near the vegetable market in Waberi district,” Major Mohamed Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters, adding that the dead included police and civilian casualties. He said 10 more people were wounded.

The Somali extremist group Al-Shabab 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.

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