In Somalia Car bomb kills 3 in Mogadishu

The huge explosion was followed by gunfire, a Reuters reporter said.

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A file photo shows smoke from the Jazeera hotel during an attack earlier this year in Somalia"s capital Mogadishu, July 26, 2015. play

A file photo shows smoke from the Jazeera hotel during an attack earlier this year in Somalia"s capital Mogadishu, July 26, 2015.

(REUTERS/Feisal Omar)
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A car bomb exploded on Saturday, December 19, 2015 on a busy street in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing three people and wounding eight, a police officer said.

The huge explosion was followed by gunfire, a Reuters reporter said.

A cloud of smoke could be seen rising from the scene of the blast.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the explosion and shooting, but al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab has in the past claimed responsibility for such explosions.

The toll is likely to rise, Police Major Nur Farah said at the scene of the blast.

"The place is busy with hotels and supermarkets. Most of the casualties are pedestrians. The casualty number

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