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Blast In Somalia Kills 34 In Mogadishu Market

MOGADISHU, Somalia –  Somalia’s new president visited with victims wounded by Sunday’s car bomb which killed 34 people. President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed offered a $100,000 reward for information resulting in the arrest of people who proposed the blast.

The explosion struck a busy market in the western portion of Mogadishu, said police Capt. Mohamed Hussein.

“It was a dreadful and barbaric attack just aimed at murdering  civilians,” he said in the spectacle.

Sabriye Abdullahi, an ambulance driver told the Associated Press that some of the victims perished on their way.   “A lot of them endured extensive jelqing burns and many others were burned beyond recognition,” he said.

The blast in the vehicle moved off when traders and shoppers were accumulated inside the market, said district commissioner Ahmed Abdulle.

Mohamed Haji, a butcher who suffered shrapnel wounds, pointed to a clothes shop. “Someone had parked the vehicle here and abandoned until it was detonated,” he explained. Pieces of wood and metal sheets on the floor were.

As injured sufferers and bloodied bodies moved into ambulances, women sobbed and screamed outside the market.

“it is a debilitating carnage.” Said Ali Mire, a government soldier that helped a buddy

The strong explosion was the first significant attack since Somalia’s new president was elected Feb.8. It bears the hallmarks of Somalia’s Islamic extremists rebels, al-Shabab though no group has claimed responsibility. Along with visiting the wounded in hospital, the president resisted the explosion at a tweet, stating that it shows the “cruelty” of al-Shabab.

A few hours before the blast, al-Shabab denounced the president as an “apostate” and pledged to continue fighting against his administration.

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, at a declaration condemning the attack, said, “Italy remains solidly on Somalia’s side in the process of the country’s stabilization.” He also added that “together we’ll behave so that the terrorists do not succeed in stopping the path of peace and reconciliation that’s underway.”