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Suicide car bombing kills dozens in Somali capital

A shopkeeper surveys the marketplace blast. Credit: AP

A blast from a suicide car bombing in the Somali capital of Mogadishu has killed 34 and wounded at least 53.

Sunday's marketplace blast comes just days after the country elected a new president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

"I was staying in my shop when a car came in into the market and exploded. I saw more than 20 people lying on the ground.

"Most of them were dead and the market was totally destroyed," witness Abdulle Omar said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

At least 13 killed in Somalia after car bomb at hotel

At least 13 people have been killed after militants set off a car bomb at the gate of a hotel in Somalia and stormed inside.

Al Shabaab militants have said they are responsible for the incident, which happened in the capital Mogadishu.

Police officer Major Mohamed Ahmed told Reuters: "At least 13 people, including forces and civilians, died in two blasts at the hotel."

He added that a dozen others were injured and that the death toll could rise.

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