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Suicide bomber in Mogadishu kills 8

Wednesday January 12, 2022

Mogadishu (HOL) - At least eight people were killed in Mogadishu on Wednesday after a suicide bomber struck shortly after noon in the Waberi district.

Local residents reported hearing a powerful explosion near a police station on October 21 Road.

Plumes of black smoke were visible in the area immediately after the explosion billowing into the sky. 

The bomber reportedly used a truck laden with explosives and may have been targeting a vehicle carrying Somali soldiers.

The Al Qaeda-linked militant insurgent group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the blast through local media affiliates. 

Al-Shabab has been waging a deadly war against Somalia’s internationally-backed government since being ousted from the capital over a decade ago.

Earlier this week, heavy fighting broke out between government soldiers and Al-Shabab fighters in the Galgadud district, which resulted in many casualties. The Somali government said that it killed 21 insurgents as they repelled an attack in the town of Adakibir; however, at least two senior Somali military commanders were felled in the battle.


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