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At least seven killed in twin suicide blasts on peacekeepers' base in Somalia

Reuters

Published 26/07/2016 | 08:54

Newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in Lafofe (AP)
Newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in Lafofe (AP)

Suicide bombers killed at least seven people in an attack on the African Union's main peacekeeping base in Mogadishu, Somalia on Tuesday, police said.

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Two suicide attackers set off bombs outside the African Union's main peacekeeping base in Somalia's capital Mogadishu near the airport on Tuesday, police said.

The first detonated a car bomb and the second tried to storm the base on foot, but was shot and exploded at the gate, officers added.

"AU forces sealed the area. There were many Somalis outside the gate and there were AU forces at the gate - we have not yet confirmed the casualty figure," police officer Major Nur Osman told Reuters.

Al Shabaab, the Islamist militant group that is trying to topple the Western-backed Somali government, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had killed more than 12 people.

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