Powerful explosion rocks busy market in Mogadishu, say police  

Monday February 04 2019

Somali children look at a burnt out car after a bomb blast targeted at a Somali MP took place at Hamarweyne market in Mogadishu on July 24, 2013. Police say a powerful blast rocked the market on February 4, 2019. PHOTO | MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB | AFP



A powerful blast rocked a busy market Monday in the Somali capital, which is regularly targeted by Al-Shabaab Islamists, police said.

"There was a strong explosion at the Hamarweyne market," said police officer Ibrahim Mohamed. "We have no details for now but the area where the blast happened is a densely populated market."

Mohamed said the market was near Mogadishu's municipality buildings.

The Al-Qaeda affiliated group was largely driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 and has lost many of its strongholds. But it retains control of large rural swathes of the country and continues to wage a guerrilla war against the authorities.