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Suicide blast kills at least 70 in Somali capital

At least 70 people have been killed by a huge suicide blast near a government compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, say officials.

Eyewitnesses said a truck carrying explosives was driven into a gate near a government ministry and detonated.

A spokesman for the Islamist militant group al-Shabab told the BBC it had carried out the attack.

Rescue workers said more than 50 people had been injured in the blast.

Many of the victims were soldiers and students who had been waiting at the education ministry.

Will Ross reports.

  • 04 Oct 2011
  • From the section Africa
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