Car bomb kills 70 in Mogadishu

Islamist group al-Shabaab claims responsibility

A car bomb that detonated near the education ministry in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu has killed at least 70 people and wounded dozens more, officials told the Associated Press. “Dozens of dead bodies and human flesh were scattered all over the area. A dead body fell over me,” said Abdiqadir Muhyadin, a worker at the information ministry in Mogadhishu. Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda linked Islamist militant organization operating in the country, quickly claimed responsibility for the attack on its website. It was the deadliest attack in Mogadishu since the organization withdrew from the capital in the face of an African Union military offensive. The AU is protecting the weak UN-backed government in Mogadishu.

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