Suicide bomber kills 8 in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu

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Mogadishu, Somalia (Horn Observer) At least eight people were killed in Mogadishu on Wednesday after a suicide bomber struck shortly after noon in the Waberi district.

Witnesses said they heard a loud explosion near a police station on October 21 Road.

The explosion sent plumes of black smoke up into the sky and turned the scene into pools of blood.

The bomber allegedly used a truck loaded with explosives and may have been aimed at a vehicle carrying Somali soldiers.

The al-Qaeda-linked militant insurgency group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the blast through local media outlets.

Al-Shabab has waged a deadly war against Somalia’s internationally backed government since he was ousted from the capital more than a decade ago.

Earlier this week, heavy fighting broke out between government soldiers and al-Shabab fighters in the Galgadud district, resulting in many casualties. The Somali government said it had killed 21 rebels when they repulsed an attack in the city of Adakibir; however, at least two senior Somali military commanders were killed in the fighting.

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