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Auto bombing on govt building in Somali capital kills at least 10

20 June 2017

Since taking office this February, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo promised to improve security and establish an effective government but part of the court is still under the control of al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group. The explosion destroyed the building of Wadajir District headquarters.

"This is the man who organises the killing of civilians and suicide attacks in the capital, and we succeeded in capturing him this morning", said Abifutah Omar Halane, the spokesperson for Mogadishu's mayor.

"It's a suicide auto bomb in Wadajir District building in which Somali officials and their staff stay".

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A column of white smoke was seen above the capital with houses near the attack rattled by the explosion.

Al Shabaab frequently launches attacks on the capital Mogadishu and other regions controlled by Somalia's federal government. Another soldier who was at the scene at the time was released without charge, the report added.

The explosion comes seven days after al-Shabab attacked two Mogadishu restaurants with a vehicle bomb and gunfire.

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The attack comes days after al Shabaab Islamist militants claimed responsibility for a series of bombings.

At least 15 people were killed and scores of others injured in a bomb explosion that hit the Wadajir district headquarters in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday.

The Shabaab group, which wants to impose a Taliban-style rule on Somalia, has been fighting for the last decade to overthrow successive internationally-backed governments in Mogadishu.

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Auto bombing on govt building in Somali capital kills at least 10