Auto bomb kills eight in Mogadishu

Auto bomb kills eight in Mogadishu

At least 20 people have been killed in Somalia after a suspected auto bomb tore through the capital of Mogadishu on Saturday (26 November). Most of the wounded sustained serious injuries, the police official said.

Witnesses told Xinhua that the explosion ripped through the market causing a mayhem as people scampered for safety. "The attacker then detonated the auto full of explosives by remote control".

Somali policemen remove the body of a man from the wreckage of a tanker destroyed at the site of an explosion at a police checkpoint near the vegetable market in Waberi district of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, November 26, 2016. "I saw many dead bodies but I could not count, I have helped collect more than 10 of them".

The local security official, Major Mohamed Hussein, whom had been on the scene detailed the attack by stating that the police had made one arrest of a suspect that security forces reported to have seen fleeing the vehicle on foot and remotely detonating the car-bomb.

He said at least ten people had been confirmed dead so far, while a dozen more were wounded.

There has been no claim of responsibility, but suspicion fell immediately on the Al-Qaeda linked Islamist al-Shabab group, which is fighting a bloody insurrection against the Somali government.

The latest blast comes as the country has been holding a vote at polling centers across the country over several weeks for a new parliament. Those members of parliament will choose a new president.

Somalia is now holding a drawn-out, limited election in which some 14,000 specially selected voters are picking 275 members of parliament who will later join senators in electing a president.

It regularly targets security forces and officials from within the relatively weak UN-backed government.