MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A car bomb exploded on Saturday in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, killing two civilians, said a police officer.
The parked car exploded outside a shopping center along the Maka Almukarramah road in the heart of the city, said Ahmed Hassan.
No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion, which also damaged nearby buildings and cars, but suspicion has fallen on the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaida.
Somalia’s capital has had a series of attacks from al-Shabab which is waging an insurgency against the country’s weak government, which is backed by the U.N. and is supported by an African Union force.
Despite being pushed out of Somalia’s major cities and towns, al-Shabab continues to launch deadly guerrilla attacks across the country.
ABDI GULED, Associated Press
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