Ten dead and 20 injured in several explosions in a market in the Somali capital News
The incident occurred in Bakara, Mogadishu’s largest market, on Tuesday.
At least 10 people were killed on Tuesday in a crowded market in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, after several explosions.
Sources told Al Jazeera that the incident occurred inside Al-Bakara Market in the city.
Three nurses at Erdogan Hospital in Mogadishu told Reuters that more than 20 injured people had been taken to the hospital.
Muhammad Ali, a businessman inside the market who said he helped transport the dead and wounded from some of the shops, told Al Jazeera: “We heard huge explosions inside four well-known electronic stores and we were shocked. “We saw a lot of people crying inside the stores.”
Somali police said investigations are ongoing.
The cause of the explosions was not immediately clear, although Al-Qaeda’s Al-Shabaab routinely carries out bombings in densely populated areas across the country.
Al-Shabaab has been fighting the Somali federal government and the African Union peacekeeping force for years, seeking to form a new government based on its interpretation of Islamic law.
Bakara, Mogadishu’s largest market, is bustling with traders and is where most residents buy their food, clothes, medicine, electronics and other items daily.
This is a developing story. More details to come.
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