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Five killed in Somalia car bomb attack

BBC News BBC News 11/04/2016
Al-Qaeda linked al-shabab recruits walk down a street on March 5, 2012 in the Deniile district of Somalian capital, Mogadishu, following their graduation. © AFP Al-Qaeda linked al-shabab recruits walk down a street on March 5, 2012 in the Deniile district of Somalian capital, Mogadishu, following their graduation.

At least five people have been killed and seven wounded after a suicide bomb attack on a restaurant near a local government building in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The attacker drove a car packed with explosives outside the busy restaurant, a spokesman from the mayor's office told the BBC.

Islamist militant group al-Shabab has said it was behind the attack.

The group, an al-Qaeda affiliate, is waging an armed insurgency in Somalia.

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Al-Shabab frequently carries out attacks in the Somali capital.

The government, with the help of African Union forces, is fighting al-Shabab to regain control of the country.

The militants pulled out of Mogadishu in 2011.

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