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Somalia: Alshabab Kills 7, Injures 9 in Suicide Mission

Suicide bombers affiliated with the militant group Alshabab attacked a convoy of government officials in Mogadishu, killing seven and injuring nine others.

An Al-Shabaab suicide car bomber has targeted a convoy of VIP government officials in Mogadishu’s El-Gab district, near the President’s residence on Saturday, Sept. 25, an official said.

“A suicide car bomb that exploded at Ceelgaab junction killed seven people and injured nine others,” Muawiye Mudeey, district commissioner of Mogadishu’s Hamarjajab district told Reuters.

Seven cars and three rickshaws were destroyed in the blast, according to a Reuters witness on the scene, with the junction covered in blood.

According to the witnesses, the suicide bomber targeted several vehicles waiting to pass through a security checkpoint. Al-Shabaab frequently conducts such bombings in its goal of overthrowing the government and impose its interpretation of Islamic law.

Meanwhile, Islamic States (IS) has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed two Somali policemen in Yaqshad area of Mogadishu on Friday. 

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Aliyu is an Assistant Editor at HumAngle and Head of the Radicalism and Extremism Desk. He has years of experience researching misinformation and influence operations. He is passionate about analysing jihadism in Africa and has published several articles on the topic. His work has been featured in various local and international publications.

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