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Powerful explosion in busy market in Somali capital

Powerful explosion in busy market in Somali capital

A Reuters witness saw one dead person at the scene, where four cars burned and a restaurant was destroyed.

A auto bomb exploded in front of a shopping mall in Somalia's capital Mogadishu killing at least eleven people and injuring several others in Monday. "So far, the death toll is 11 civilians and 10 others injured", said Mohamed Hussein, a Somalian police officer now working the scene while speaking to Reuters.

Agencies said that a auto filled with explosives was detonated close to Mogadishu's main municipality centre.

Police say militant group Al Shabab could be behind the bombing. According to a report from the USA military's Africa Command (AFRICOM), 62 al-Shabaab terrorists died in the strikes, and another 24 were killed in the nearby Hiran region.

Somali National Armed Forces, backed by African Union Mission in Somalia, ousted al-Shabab from Mogadishu in August 2011, but the terror group is still in control of some areas in central and southern Somalia and capable of conducting attacks.

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The Dubai government confirmed the death in a statement on Twitter and said the circumstances of the incident was being investigated.

A gunman shot Maltese national Paul Anthony Formosa, manager of the port of Bossasso in semi-autonomous Puntland state for P&O Ports, a subsidiary of the Dubai-based DP World.

Al-Shabaab's militants also carry out attacks outside Somalia especially in Kenya to pressure the country to return its troops who form part of the peacekeeping force AMISOM that helps defend the central government.

The group last month launched a deadly attack in Kenya killing 21 people at a hotel complex in the capital Nairobi.