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iAfrica News Special Focus 

April 19 - 25, 2013

 

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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

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Suspect 'Al-Shabaab' bomber
dies in Mogadishu blast

"The bomb killed the criminal who was planting it to
kill and maim innocent people, but he was killed instead,"
SAID police spokesman Abdulahi Hassan Barise

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MOGADISHU (Xinhua) -- A roadside bomb explosion in the Somali capital Mogadishu killed suspected Al-Shabaab militant after being planted at a main street of the city, police and witnesses said Thursday.

"The bomb killed the criminal who was planting it to kill and maim innocent people, but he was killed instead," Abdulahi Hassan Barise, police spokesman, told reporters at the scene of the blast.

The street hit by the blast is a main road leading to the usually busy key K4 junction, where are concentrated schools and universities.

"It is fortunate that today schools and most universities are closed at this time of the week, but if it was another day, it would have caused a lot of causalities," Daahir Yusuf, a resident in the area, told Xinhua.

The explosion comes days after concerted attacks by Al-Qaida linked Al-Shabaab against the regional court in Mogadishu and along the main airport, killing more than 40 people including 9 attackers.

Al-Shabaab vows to continue attacks on the Somali government and the African Union peacekeeping troops in Somalia (AMISOM).

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamnoud this week ordered the review of security around key government installations, after a series of attacks rocked the city.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the latest attempted attack.

Al-Shabaab has occasionally attempted bomb attacks in Mogadishu in a bid to demonstrate its presence after losing ground to AMISOM in August 2011.

The attacks are considered separate as the city is regaining law and order after years of conflict.

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