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Two Car Bombs Explode in Somalia and kill Nearly 30 People
Posted on: 24-02-2018 , 01:38:PM | DY365 Bureau

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February 24, 2018: Twin car bombs and subsequent gunfire has left at least 30 people dead and 20 others wounded in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday night. Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. Security forces shot dead five terrorists.

Shooting broke out near the President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's residence at the time of the explosions. The first car bomb and sustained gunfire went off after militants breached a checkpoint near the president’s residence by shooting at security personnel. The second blast took place beside a popular hotel. The militants got off when they neared the palace, the suicide car bomb exploded outside the palace where there were many military soldiers who guarded the street adjacent to the palace.
Al- Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda linked militant group of Somalia claimed that they killed 15 soldiers in Friday attack. According to the outfit group, their fighters were yet to be subdued. The streets around the palace and the hotel were surrounded by security forces.
The attack comes a day after the Somalia government had issued a 'terror warning' in the capital city.
It has killed hundreds of civilians across East Africa and thousands of Somalis in a decade-long insurgency.
In December, 18 police officers were killed when an Al-Shabaab fighter blew himself up inside the country’s main police academy in Mogadishu. The capital was also the target of a truck bombing in October that killed 512 people in the deadliest attack in Somalia’s history.
 
 

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