Somalia Car-Bomb Kills Five Near Government Offices in Capital

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At least five civilians were killed when a car-bomb detonated at a restaurant beside local government offices in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, a local official said.

The blast injured seven other people and came from a vehicle laden with explosives parked beside the eatery, Mohamed Abdul-Kadir, the commissioner for the city’s Hamarweyne district, said in an interview at the scene.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group, has waged an insurgency in Somalia since 2006 in a bid to impose a strict version of Islamic law. While the group has lost ground since being driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 by government and African Union forces, it continues to stage deadly gun and bomb attacks.

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