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Somalia: Car bomb hits security checkpoint in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia – A car bomb explosion followed by heavy bursts of gunshots heard near a security checkpoint in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The explosion went off near ex-control junction in the capital while security forces were trying to stop the vehicle into Mogadishu before it exploded, a witness said.

It is unclear how many were killed or injured in the explosion.

No group says it carried out Monday’s bomb attack, but Somali armed group often carries out such attacks in the capital, Mogadishu.

The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.

The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.

The al Qaeda linked group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia.

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