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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-05-01

Two blasts on a crowded market of Mogadishu have killed at least six people and wounded 50 others, according to officials. The attacks took place near a mosque where a radical Muslim group used to gather.

AFP - At least six people were killed Saturday and a further 50 injured in two explosions at a crowded market area in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials said.
  
"I saw six people dead and more than 50 wounded," Ali Muse, the head of Mogadishu's ambulance service told AFP, adding some bodies had been removed from the scene before he arrived.
  
The explosions went off near a mosque in Bakara market, he said.
  
An official of the Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab Islamist group told AFP the blasts targeted its head of mobilisation Sheikh Fu'ad Mohamed Khalaf, better known as Fu'ad Shongole, who was in the mosque.
  
But Shongole was unhurt in the blast, the official said.

Date created : 2010-05-01

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