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Al-Shabab claims Mogadishu car bomb
Islamist group claims responsibility for blast in Somali capital that targeted security forces and injured two people.
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2012 15:59
The car bomb targeted a busy administrative district [AFP]

The armed Islamist movement al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for a car bomb in the Somali capital that injured two people.

The blast on Wednesday in a busy administrative district prompted police to open fire. Police said four suspects had been detained and that they were investigating a second suspicious car.

"We were behind the car bomb explosion. We targeted security forces," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, a spokesman for al-Shabab's military operations, told the Reuters news agency.

Police spokesperson Abudullahi Barise said police arrested a man with a remote control seconds after he detonated the car.

There has been a surge in suicide bombings and remotely detonated blasts in Mogadishu since al-Shabab pulled most of its fighters out of the coastal city, vowing to turn increasingly to al-Qaeda-inspired tactics.

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