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Al Shabaab claims fatal car bomb attack near Somali parliament

Other News Materials 5 November 2016 23:10
Two Somali soldiers died and five others were injured when a car bomb claimed by Islamist group al Shabaab exploded on Saturday near the parliament in the capital Mogadishu
Al Shabaab claims fatal car bomb attack near Somali parliament

Two Somali soldiers died and five others were injured when a car bomb claimed by Islamist group al Shabaab exploded on Saturday near the parliament in the capital Mogadishu, police said, Reuters reported.

Al Shabaab has stepped up its campaign of bombings and gun assaults in Mogadishu in recent months ahead of parliamentary elections which are expected to take place within weeks.

Col. Abdiqadir Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters the explosion had occurred near the parliament building, while another police officer, Major Hussein Nur, said the car bomb hit a military vehicle at a junction checkpoint.

"2 soldiers died and 5 others were injured," Nur said, adding police, military and security forces were on the scene when the attack occurred.

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