Suicide bomber targets market in outskirts of Mogadishu

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A suicide bomber blew himself up at a market near the Ex-Control Afgoye intersection in Mogadishu, killing and wounding several people.

Witnesses said the blast occurred in a market selling meat and was close to a bus station that transports the public to Dharkenley district and beyond with the area being busy at the time of the blast.

The bomber struck shortly after noon with early reports indicating that there 10 injuries and 3 people killed in the blast.

At the time of the blast, a vehicle carrying Somali military forces was parked close by and it is not known whether they were the intended attack.

Somali Police forces immediately reached the area and closed by the immediate surrounding and diverted traffic and public movement at the Ex-Control Intersection, which was previously partially closed due to the construction of the Mogadishu-Afgooye corridor.

No group has yet claimed responsibility of the attack although Al shabab are known to carry out such attacks.

Al-Shabaab suicide bombers have been on the rise in Mogadishu in recent months after government forces cracked down on improvised explosive device (IED) vehicles entering the city.

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