Militants Kill At Least Eight in Parliament of Somali Parliament

An explosion has killed at least eight people and injured more than a dozen in a market and mosque in a town in southern Somalia. The bomb exploded as hundreds of people were on…

Militants Kill At Least Eight in Parliament of Somali Parliament

An explosion has killed at least eight people and injured more than a dozen in a market and mosque in a town in southern Somalia.

The bomb exploded as hundreds of people were on their way to mosque for evening prayers, according to officials.

Several ambulances were seen transporting the injured to nearby hospitals.

The military in Somalia has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the local government said it was the work of Islamist militants.

The Somali government had previously claimed to have killed four members of Somalia’s al-Shabab insurgents in one attack.

Al-Shabab is fighting to overthrow the Somali government.

In recent years, the extremist Islamist group has stepped up attacks on civilian areas, which have caused the United Nations to impose sanctions on the group.

Last year alone, the group carried out or encouraged a series of deadly attacks in urban areas across Somalia.

In January, a child of at least 13 was killed and up to 14 others injured in the latest of attacks in Mogadishu.

Around five years ago, al-Shabab also carried out a suicide attack near the Islamic University of Somalia, killing at least 30 people and injuring another 110.

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