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Shabab claims twin blasts in Mogadishu

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At least 18 people were killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu when two blasts rocked a popular restaurant, police said, in attacks quickly claimed by al-Shabab Islamists. “There were two heavy explosions at a parking lot near the National Theatre,” a police officer told AFP. “At least 18 people were killed.” An AFP reporter saw 12 bodies at the popular restaurant called the Village. “Successful operations carried out in Hamarweyne,” the Shabab said on their Somali-language Twitter feed, referring to the Mogadishu district where the attacks occurred. The group’s English-language account has been suspended. The Al-Qaeda-linked Islamists claimed to have killed “key officials”, but witnesses said the casualties they had seen looked like civilians. — AFP

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