Voice of America (Washington, DC)

2 January 2014

Somalia: Al Shabaab Claims Responsibility for Deadly Somalia Bombings

Somali militant group Al Shabab claimed it was behind an attack utilizing bombs and gunmen late Wednesday in Mogadishu that killed at least 11 people.

The group claimed responsibility in a statement on Thursday for the attack, which occured outside of a hotel near the city's international airport that is popular with government officials and foreigners.

The attack involved a suicide car bomb followed by another explosion that came after emergency personnel arrived. The second bombing was followed by an assault by gunmen.

Al-Shabab once controlled most of the capital, but the group was driven out of Mogadishu and other major Somali cities by an African Union-led peacekeeping force.

Al-Shabab has continued to carry out attacks, including a deadly bombing in September at a Mogadishu hotel that the group said was being used as a base for foreign and local intelligence.

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