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Deadly explosions rock Somalia's capital

Deadly explosions rock Somalia's capital

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<p>Two blasts hit Somalia’s cqpital Mogadishu on Saturday, killing at least six people according to local media.</p> <p>One was reported to be a car bomb that went off at a checkpoint near the national theatre and main stadium, a heavily guarded neighborhood of Mogadishu.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">2 car bombs rock Mogadishu. The first explosion occurred near the National Theatre killing at least 5 according to sources (left photo). The 2nd explosion occurred near the tomb of the unknown soldier, a man parked the car followed by explosion, unclear if bomber died (right). <a href="https://t.co/NGk8nECob0">pic.twitter.com/NGk8nECob0</a></p>— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) <a href="https://twitter.com/HarunMaruf/status/1076384878625767429?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The second blast happened minutes later in the same area, local media said. Some said it was a suicide bomber.<br /> Most of the the casualties were soldiers, Somali Online News reported. Images and videos showed rubble littered over the the scene of the bombings.</p> <p>The explosions brought to an end almost a month of relative quiet in Mogadishu, often the target of attacks by al shabab.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">#<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Breaking?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Breaking</a>: car bomb exploded in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mogadishu?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Mogadishu</a> Somalia's capital and killed more than ten people including soldiers.<a href="https://twitter.com/HarunMaruf?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>HarunMaruf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/abcnews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>abcnews</a><br /> Follow more <a href="https://t.co/HK0fDRMQTG">pic.twitter.com/HK0fDRMQTG</a></p>— Somali Online News (@somali_online) <a href="https://twitter.com/somali_online/status/1076373916707422209?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>There was no immeditae claim of responsibility for the Saturday bombings.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">2 car bombs rock Mogadishu. The first explosion occurred near the National Theatre killing at least 5 according to sources (left photo). The 2nd explosion occurred near the tomb of the unknown soldier, a man parked the car followed by explosion, unclear if bomber died (right). <a href="https://t.co/NGk8nECob0">pic.twitter.com/NGk8nECob0</a></p>— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) <a href="https://twitter.com/HarunMaruf/status/1076384878625767429?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>This week, the US military reported that it had killed 62 al shabab fighters in six air raids in Somalia’s south-central Banaadir province. The raids took place in the second week of December.</p> <p>The United States carries out regular air raids in Somalia in support of a UN-backed government there, which has been fighting against an al-Shabab rebellion for years.</p>
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