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Suicide car bomb detonates in Mogadishu, causing casualties

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 Somalia’s Islamist group al Shabaab set off a suicide car bomb at a security checkpoint about 15 km (nine miles) outside the capital Mogadishu on Thursday, the group’s spokesman and a police official told Reuters.

The blast has caused casualties, police officer Major Abdullahi Nur said without elaborating on their severity.

A witness Mohamed Farah, who lives in an area near the blast, told Reuters he heard a huge explosion, gunfire and then saw large clouds of smoke rise up from the scene of the attack.

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Nur said many vehicles were parked at the Sinka Dheer checkpoint for inspection when the blast occurred.

“There are casualties … we shall give details after investigation,” he said.

Al Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in Mogadishu and elsewhere across Somalia as part of their war to defeat the western-backed federal government.

They are also keen to drive out the African Union (AU)-backed AMISOM peacekeeping forces defending the central government.

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Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters the group was responsible for the blast, adding there were “many security forces” at the checkpoint.

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