Al-Shabab blast by school in Somali capital kills at least 5

Al-Shabab blast by school in Somali capital kills at least 5


MOGADISHU, Somalia — A large explosion outside a school in Somalia’s capital on Thursday has killed at least five people, including students, witness said. The extremist group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.

The al-Qaida-linked group controls large parts of rural Somalia and continues to frustrate efforts at rebuilding the Horn of Africa nation after three decades of conflict.

The blast sent a plume of smoke above a busy part of Mogadishu during the morning rush hour.

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Abdulkadir Adan of the Amin ambulance service confirmed the five deaths to The Associated Press, and the service said at least 15 wounded people were rushed to a hospital.

“This is a tragedy,” he said.

Photos show the blast shredded part of the school, with emergency

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