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Mogadishu car bombing kills police officers

Al-Shabab claims responsibility for bombing of police station in Mogadishu, killing at least three police officers.

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    A suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside a tea stand near the police academy [Farah Abdi Wasameh/AP]
    A suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside a tea stand near the police academy [Farah Abdi Wasameh/AP]

    A suicide car bombing has hit a police station in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, killing at least three police officers, local sources said.

    Armed group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack early on Wednesday and confirmed to Al Jazeera that a car bomb was used.

    At least two people were also wounded in the explosion, witnesses said.


    READ MORE: What is al-Shabab and what does it want?


    The blast hit a tea stand in front of the police station where new recruits are trained in the Abdi Aziz district of Mogadishu.

    The police station is near the popular Lido beach, which was the scene of another al-Shahab attack in January, in which up to 20 people were killed.

    In the January attack, suicide bombers stormed the Beach View Hotel, after which several al-Shabab fighters opened fire at the hotel.

    Follow Al Jazeera's Hamza Mohamed on Twitter: @Hamza_Africa

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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