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    Shabaab claims deadly Mogadishu blast

    APA-Mogadishu (Somalia)

    The Somali militant group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for an explosion in the capital Mogadishu which killed 14 people on Thursday.

    The blast happened at a busy intersection near the Wehliye Hotel in Mogadishu, frequented by expatriates working in city.

    The cause of the explosion was traced to a parked car that was rigged with explosives.

    In a statement shortly after the explosion, the group, said the casualties include soldiers and officers of the Somali army.

    At least 20 people were injured.

    Abdiazis Ali Ibrahim, a spokesman for the security ministry warned that the casualties could rise given the serious condition of those injured.


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