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Two soldiers killed while defusing car bomb

Hiiraan Online
Wednesday May 17, 2017

A vehicle burns after a car bomb exploded in front of the Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu. EPA

Mogadishu (HOL) - Two soldiers were killed on Wednesday when a car bomb they were attempting to defuse exploded in Mogadishu.

Police Major Nur Ahmed told Reuters that the soldiers were in the process of dismantling the car bomb when it exploded.

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Although there has been no confirmed claim of responsibility for the attack, pro-Al Shabaab news sites have said that the militant insurgency group is behind the attack.

At a major international conference focused on Somalia in London last week, the U.K., U.S., and UN have pledged support to President Farmajo. U.S. military forces including the elite Navy Seals unit have been engaged in combat against the Al-Shabaab in the past month.

Al-Shabaab has vowed to fight the internationally backed federal government since being ousted from the Somali capital in 2011.

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