Somalia: 11 killed in car bomb blast in the capital

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"The death toll is sure to rise".

At least 10 people have been killed in a auto bomb attack in a crowded market in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, police say.

He said at least ten people had been confirmed dead so far, while a dozen more were wounded.

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Witnesses saw several bodies at the scene of the blast near the vegetable market in Mogadishu's Waberi district. "The security forces were on patrol at the time of the blast and the attacker got out of the auto and tried to escape on foot", said Hassan.

At midday local time Saturday, a suicide attacker detonated the vehicle bomb in an open air fruit and vegetable market in the city's Afesyoni neighborhood, authorities said.

Some 15 people were killed in an al-Shabab attack in August after militants detonated a auto bomb outside a prominent hotel near the presidential palace. The preliminary death toll stands at 10 people but is expected to climb considerably, medical sources said.

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He said: "The man who carried out the deadly attack on civilians today was captured by the security forces and he is not in custody". Al-Shabab opposes the presence of foreign troops and regularly attacks foreign interests and peacekeepers in the Region.

In August, a auto bomb situated outside a popular hotel close to the presidential palace left 15 dead.

The explosion ripped through the market causing mayhem as people ran for safety, an eyewitness said. Those members of parliament will choose a new president. Al-Shabab previously controlled large swaths of Somalia before an African Union peacekeeping force helped restore a functioning government in 2011.

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The parliamentary vote was due to end on 30 November, but an official told Reuters it was now likely to last until mid-December.

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