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At least 10 killed by car bomb in Mogadishu claimed by Somalia's al Shabaab


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UPDATE 2-At least 10 killed by car bomb in Mogadishu claimed by Somalia's al Shabaab


(Adds details on toll)
    By Feisal Omar and Abdirahman HusseinNAIROBI, June 20 (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed
on Tuesday in a car bomb attack on a government building in the
Somali capital of Mogadishu that was claimed by Islamist
insurgents, a government official said.
    Al Shabaab frequently launches attacks in Mogadishu and
other areas controlled by Somalia's federal government. It wants
to force out African Union peacekeepers, topple the
Western-backed government and impose its strict version of
Islam.
    "More than 10 persons died, 20 others were wounded. The
explosion destroyed the building of Wadajir District
headquarters. More than 10 cars were destroyed in the
explosion," said Abdifatah Omar Halane, a spokesman for the
Mogadishu mayor.
    Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab said they were behind the attack,
and its target was government officials.
    "It's a suicide car bomb on Wadajir District building in
which Somali officials and their staff stay. There are
government and their staff who have died at the scene. We will
tell you the number of dead later," said Abdiasis Abu Musab, al
Shabaab's spokesman for military operations.
    In an attack last week, al Shabaab fighters killed at least
19 people in a car bomb and gun attack on a hotel and nearby
restaurant in Mogadishu [nL8N1JC0PD].

 (Reporting by Abdirahman Hussein and Feisal Omar, editing by
Larry King; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Larry King)
 ((george.obulutsa@thomsonreuters.com; Tel: +254 20 499 1232;
Reuters Messaging:
george.obulutsa.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Keywords: SOMALIA ATTACK/ (UPDATE 2, PIX,TV)



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