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NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Somali security forces gather at the scene of a car bomb in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, Nov. 26, 2018. At least 10 people were killed and six others injured in a car bomb explosion in a busy market in Mogadishu’s Wadajir district, police and witnesses said Monday. XINHUA PHOTO: FAISAL ISSE

Ten killed and six others injured in car bombing in Mogadishu   

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people were killed and six others injured in a car bomb explosion in a busy market in Mogadishu’s Wadajir district, police and witnesses said Monday.

A police officer who did want to be named told Xinhua that the car was parked near the busy market in Kawa Godey village in Wadajir district and exploded, resulting in the death of 10 people.

“I can confirm to you that 10 people died in the blast which also damaged buildings at the area. Those killed in the blast were civilians,” the officer said.

Witnesses reported the blast saying it sent black smoke into the sky.

“It was huge and caused panic among the people, police arrived at the scene, preventing the public from approaching,” Abdirrahman Moallim, a resident, told Xinhua.

No one has claimed responsibility for the latest attack. The incident comes after militant group al-Shabab on early Monday struck a religious center in Galkayo in central Somalia, killing at least 25 people.

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At least 25 people killed in twin blasts in central Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least 25 people were killed and several others injured early Monday after suspected al-Shabab militants detonated a car bomb and later stormed the residence of a cleric in Galkayo in central Somalia, police and local residents said.

Police officer Mohamed Abdi in Galkayo told Xinhua that the car bomb rammed into the gate of the center and then gunmen stormed in.

“After the car exploded in front of the gate, gunmen gained entry into the center killing the cleric and his followers, we have information that over 25 people died in the attack,” Abdi said

The cleric which was identified as Sheikh Abdiweli Ali Elmi sparked controversy recently after al-Shabab accused him of insulting Prophet Mohammad.

Residents said that they heard huge blasts from the religious center.

“We heard blasts and gunfire, many people were killed in the place,” Amina Ahmed, a resident, told Xinhua.

Security forces from the state of Galmudug ended siege at the cleric’s camp.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that they targeted the camp of cleric Elmi in Galkayo town.

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