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Somalia attack: ‘Ex-MP’ was Mogadishu suicide bomber

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An ex-MP was one of two suicide car bombers who carried out Tuesday’s deadly attacks

in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, militants have said.

Salah Nuh Ismail, 53, was among those who killed 13 people in the suicide attacks near the city’s main airport, the al-Shabab group said.

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Also known as Salah Badbado, he quit the Somali parliament in 2010 after denouncing lawmakers as “infidels”.

Al-Shabab is fighting to oust Somalia’s weak internationally-backed government.
The large airport area in Mogadishu is a secure “green zone” for UN operations, the 22,000-strong African Union peace force and foreign embassies.

The militants were forced out of Mogadishu five years ago by African Union (AU) and government troops, but they have continue to carry out bombings in the city.

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It has been increasing its attacks ahead of planned elections in Somalia.
Hotels have been attacked by car bombs and armed assault teams over the past few weeks.

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