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Dozens killed in Mogadishu market blast

At least 39 people were killed after a car bomb exploded near a busy market

in the Somali capital Mogadishu. More than 50 others were wounded. In the deadliest attack since the election of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed - nicknamed Farmajo - the vehicle exploded on Sunday at an intersection packed with civilians, traders, and security forces. "We carried 39 dead bodies and there were many others injured," Dr Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of the Aamin Ambulance Service, told Reuters news agency. Mohamed Deg witnessed the attack. "I was very shocked. I saw people crying in pain and others lying on the ground wounded." Al-Shabab, the armed anti-government group, did not claim responsibility for the attack, but it came on the same day as it threatened to wage "vicious war" against Farmajo and his new government, according to the SITE intelligence group that monitors its accounts.