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Car bomb blast kills 3 Somali soldiers
May 18, 2017
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MOGADISHU: Three soldiers died when a car bomb exploded while they were trying to defuse it on Wednesday in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and the militant Al Shabaab group said.

The bomb detonated as the experts were trying to dismantle a car laden with explosives that security forces seized in Wadajir district, Captain Mohamed Hussein said.

“First two soldiers died and another was injured. The third soldier died of the blast wounds minutes later,” Hussein said.

Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab claimed responsibility but gave different details.

“Five mine experts including security officials and foreigners died in the Mogadishu blast,” its military affairs spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab said.

Police officer Hussein said all the dead were Somalis.

Al Shabab extremist group often claims responsibility for such attacks.

Al Shabab has vowed to step up attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere after President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed announced a new offensive against the group. Targets in recent months have included hotels, military facilities and checkpoints and areas around the presidential palace.

Somalia’s military is under growing pressure to assume responsibility for the country’s security as a 22,000-strong multinational African Union (AU) force prepares to start withdrawing in 2018.

The force, which has been supporting the fragile central government, plans to leave by the end of 2020.

Somalia’s president last week urged the international community to lift the arms embargo on his long-chaotic country, saying the military needs more than AK-47s to combat the extremists.

Agencies
 

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