Five killed in explosion in Somalia’s capital, organization affiliated with Al Qaeda took responsibility

Mogadishu, Nov 25 (AP) A massive explosion in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Thursday killed five people and injured several others. The extremist organization al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the blast.

A plume of smoke was seen rising in Mogadishu after the early morning explosion. Amin Ambulance Service said fifteen injured people had been taken to hospital. The blast happened near a school.

The extremist group al-Shabaab said in a statement on its Andalusian radio that it targeted Western officials who were guarding an African Union peacekeeping convoy.

However, an eyewitness Hassan Ali said that a private security company was engaged in the security of the officers. Ali said he saw four security personnel in injured condition.

The al-Qaeda-affiliated organization frequently attacks the capital.

AP Surbhi Prashant

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