Rush-hour car bomb kills 76 people in Somalia

Rush-hour car bomb kills 76 people in Somalia
Many were severely injured in the blast. Source: BBC
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Daily US Times, Mogadishu: A rush-hour car bomb killed at least 76 people in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. The death toll is expected to rise.

The blast took place at a busy intersection checkpoint in the city on Saturday.

AP News Agency reports quoting the director of Madina hospital, Dr Mohamed Yusuf said they had received 73 bodies.

No group has not claimed responsibility yet, but al-Shabab militants group have often carried out attacks usually.

Al-Shabab, an ally of Al-Qaeda, was forced out of Mogadishu in 2011, but the group still controls areas of the country.

Witnesses described horrific experiences of the incident.

‘All I could see was scattered dead bodies … amid the blast and some of them burned beyond recognition,’ said Sakariye Abdukadir, a witness who was close to the blast.

The former Somali internal security minister and current MP Mohamed Abdirizak put the death toll at more than 90, but he said this information had not been independently confirmed.

He seeks Allah’s mercy on the victims of this barbaric attack.

At least three witnesses told the Reuters that the bomb blasted very close to a small group of Turkish engineers who were constructing a road. Whether the engineers survived or not, is still not known.

Turkey has been a major donor to Somalia since a famine in 2011.