The car was driven by a suicide bomber said Ahmed Abdulle Afrax, the mayor of Wadajir district where the bombing happened.
The car was parked near a restaurant when shoppers and traders were gathered inside the market, said district commissioner Ahmed Abdulle.
Many people have suffered extensive third degree burns and others were burned beyond recognition. Some of the injured victims died on their way to the hospitals, said the ambulance driver Sabriye Abdullahi.
The blast was horrific and barbaric which has been aimed to kill only the civilians, said the Captain of Police Mohamed Hussein.
In a Twitter post, newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed condemned the blast, saying that it shows the “cruelty” of al-Shabab. He visited the victims wounded in the car bomb explosion and has announced a reward of $100,000 for the information leading to the arrest of miscreants.