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Three dead after bomb blast in centre of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, – A car bomb exploded along the main street of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday, according to police, and a Reuters witness said he saw three dead bodies after the blast.

Police said a car bomb parked in front of a restaurant at the busy street of Maka al Mukaram had exploded.

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The front of the restaurant had been destroyed, blood stained the floor and chairs had been strewn around by the blast.

“A car bomb exploded at a parking in front (of) a restaurant,” Major Abdullahi Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters.

Abdikar Abdirahman, director of Amin ambulance services said, “so far we have taken 2 dead people and 7 others are injured.”

A Reuters witness said he saw three dead and the wreckage of three cars and a tuktuk.

Somalia has been convulsed by lawlessness and violence since 1991. Islamist group Al Shabaab is fighting to dislodge a Western-backed government protected by African Union-mandated peacekeepers.

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