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Dozens of people were killed when a car bomb detonated at a security checkpoint in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The explosion was one of the deadliest attacks in the recent history of the African nation.
Dr. Mohamed Yusuf, director of the Madina hospital, told the Associated Press that at least 73 people had died in the attack based on the number of bodies the hospital had received.
The attack, which targeted a tax collection center, occurred during rush hour in the morning, Captain Mohamed Hussein told the AP.
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Photos of the scene showed the charred and twisted remains of several vehicles that had been damaged in the explosion.
Children and students were among the wounded, said Hussein.
The AP said there was no direct responsibility for the explosion, although Somalia had been shaken by attacks by the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabab.
In July, al-Shabab claimed responsibility for an attack in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo, which killed more than two dozen people.