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Al Shabaab car bombings target Mogadishu, U.S. retaliates

By Sheetal Sukhija, Zambia News
23 Sep 2018, 23:59 GMT+10

MOGADISHU, Somalia - After launching two separate attacks targeting the heart of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the Islamist militant group Al Shabaab suffered a retaliatory attack on Saturday. 

Al Shabaab, which has been leading a deadly insurgency in Somalia for over a decade now, claimed responsibility for two car bombings that struck Mogadishu on Friday evening. 

In the attack, two bombs detonated in two different cars near a main road in the center of the city.

In a statement released after the bombings, Al Shabaab claimed that its members had planted the car bombs to target and kill a police officer in the capital.

The group, however, pointed out that the police officer managed to escape. 

Major Mohamed Hussein, a police officer in Mogadishu said in a statement, "Two people were injured in the two car bombings. One of them died of the wounds."

In a separate statement, Ahmed Nur, another police officer said, "One of the cars was parked and had nobody in it. The second was moving and the two people inside it were the two victims."

Meanwhile, another police officer said that three people were killed in attacks in Mogadishu through the day. 

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