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Suicide bombing kills 16 in Somalia

Published: December 23, 2018
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“What we know about the attack is that a suicide car bomb blast targeted one of our security checkpoints in Mogadishu, killing at least 6 people,” Ibrahim Hassan, a police officer, told Anadolu Agency.

Ten others, including a lawmaker and municipality official, were rushed to hospitals for treatment.

Casualties from the attack rose later during the day, security officials said.

A second bomb blast hit the same area half and hour later sending thick white smoke billowing into the sky.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the bomb attacks in an online statement.

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