Civilians and soldiers stand amongst scattered objects at the scene of a car bomb attack near the Peace Hotel in Mogadishu on January 2, 2017. A car bomb killed at least 14 people in Mogadishu on February 19, 2017. AFP PHOTO
Updated:Blast in Somalia kills 34 in Mogadishu marketplace
Somalia’s new president visited victims wounded by the Mogadishu car bomb that on Sunday killed 34.
President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed also offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those who planned the blast.READ MORE
Mogadishu car bombing
At least 14 people were killed on Sunday when a car packed with explosives blew up near a busy intersection in Mogadishu, officials and witnesses said.
“We have counted about 14 people killed and more than 30 others wounded… the area was a busy intersection alongside the road and there were many civilians when the blast occurred,” said local security official Mohamed Jilibey.
The explosion is the first big attack in the Somali capital since the election of new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed — nicknamed Farmajo — although several mortar blasts claimed by Al-Shabaab Islamists marked the official handover of power last week.
“The death toll is very high, more than 10 people were confirmed dead and others are wounded,” said Dahir Ahmed, another official.
Witnesses said the bombing targeted an intersection in southern Mogadishu’s Madina district where soldiers, civilians and traders were present.READ MORE