5 Killed, Over Dozen Injured In Mogadishu Car Bombing

Five people were killed and over a dozen injured in a car bombing near a school in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Thursday, a security official said, in the latest attack to hit the troubled country.

A security official Mohamed Abdillahi told AFP that they don’t know the target of the attack but there was a private security escort vehicle passing by the area. Adding that 11 students were among the injured victims.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the blast, but the terrorist Al-Shabaab group has claimed other bombings in Mogadishu, including a deadly attack on Saturday that killed a prominent Somali journalist.

Al-Shabaab, which has been waging a violent insurgency against the country’s fragile government since 2007, claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in a statement, saying its fighters had long pursued the journalist.

Al-Shabaab controlled the capital until 2011 when it was pushed out by African Union troops, but it still holds territory in the countryside and launches frequent attacks against government and civilian targets in Mogadishu and other places.

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