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Bomb kills at least five Somali soldiers outside Mogadishu

A roadside bomb set by the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab killed at least five soldiers and injured eight others on Tuesday outside the Somali capital Mogadishu, security forces and a spokesman for the militants said.

Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab frequently targets Somali and African Union security forces in its bid to overthrow the Western-backed Somali government and impose its own version of sharia law in the country.

“A bomb hit a commando convoy,” Abdullahi Hussein, a senior police officer in the area told Reuters. He said the attack took place in Alamada village, about 20 km north-west of Mogadishu.

An al Shabaab spokesman confirmed that it had targeted the convoy and claimed a slightly higher death toll.

“We killed six commandos, injured seven others and the bomb totally destroyed one of their pickups,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab told Reuters.

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