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Al-Shabaab captures strategic town of Balad as suicide bomber rams car into Afgoye military base

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Several people were feared dead and others injured after extremist group Al-Shabaab launched two terror attacks outside Somali capital of Mogadishu on Friday, sources said.

A police officer who declined to be named said militants later captured the strategic Balad town, about 30 km north of Mogadishu which borders Afgoye in the second attack after overpowering security officers.

Alshabab suicide car bomber also targeted Somali military camp in Afgoye located about 30 km south of Mogadishu in the first attack.

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A suicide bomber rammed a car into a Somali military base about 30 km (20 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu on Friday, a police official said.

Captain Hassan Nur, an officer from Afgoye district, said the base was not far from his police station and it was too early to give details.

The Islamist al Shabaab group conducts frequent bombings and gun attacks in a campaign to topple Somalia’s western-backed federal government. The militants also want to drive out the African Union-backed peacekeeping force AMISOM which helps defend the government.

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Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, said the group was responsible for the attack. “There is much casualty. We shall give details later,” he said.

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