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Bakara Market was created in late 1972 by the Siad Barre administration. It served as an open market for the sale of goods and services, including produce and clothing. After the start of the civil war in the 1990s, the market was controlled by various militant groups, who used it as a base for their operations. Following Mogadishu's pacification in 2011, renovations resumed at the market. Shops were rehabilitated, selling everything from fruit and garments to building materials. As in the rest of the city, Barkaara Market's real estate values have also risen considerably. As of 2013, the local Tabaarak firm was renting out a newly constructed warehouse at the market for $2,000 per month.