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Car bomb explodes near Somali parliament in Mogadishu

Security forces targeted by massive blast claimed by armed group al-Shabab in Somalia’s capital.

A massive car bomb exploded on Saturday near Somalia’s parliament in the capital Mogadishu,according to security sources .

The loud blast, which targeted Somali security forces near Mogadishu’s Sayidka junction, was claimed by the armed group al-Shabab.

It was unclear whether there were any casualties, but a police official said it was likely a suicide attack.

"A car bomb exploded near the area of the parliament house," Colonel Abdiqadir Hussein told Reuters news agency.

"We suspect it is a suicide car bomb."

Al-Shabab was pushed out of Mogadishu by the African Union peacekeeping force AMISOM in 2011 but has remained a potent threat in Somalia, launching frequent attacks aimed at overthrowing the Western-backed government.


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