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Shabab Claim Responsibility for Deadly Car Bomb in Mogadishu

Shabab Claim Responsibility for Deadly Car Bomb in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least two people were killed in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday when militants detonated a car loaded with explosives and then engaged in a firefight during an attack on foreign military trainers, witnesses and officials said.

The Shabab, an Islamist militant group affiliated with Al Qaeda that has been waging attacks in Somalia, immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

The car was loaded with explosives and moving quickly when it hit the rear of a United Arab Emirates convoy carrying foreign trainers at a former military hospital, killing at least two civilians and wounding three government soldiers, said Mohamed Yusuf, a spokesman for the Somali Ministry of National Security. He said that all of the military trainers had survived.

Other witnesses said that the death toll was much higher. Ali Ommar, 40, who was passing the scene at the time of the attack, said that the suicide car bomber destroyed one of the vehicles traveling with the convoy and that several pedestrians had also been killed.

Source: Shabab Claim Responsibility for Deadly Car Bomb in Mogadishu – The New York Times