Somalia: 6 people killed in two car bomb attacks

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At least six people were killed in Somalia on Sunday in two separate car bomb attacks.

Two soldiers were among those killed and the death toll could still rise with more than a dozen people injured in the blasts. Militant group, Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the first of the two attacks, which carried out near the gate of a military base in Afgoye town, 30 kilometres (18 miles) northwest of the capital, Mogadishu.

6 killed in Somalia car bomb attacks

Four people were killed in the first car bomb attack in Afgoye town, two of whom were soldiers. A further 10 people were also injured in the blast and officials warn the total death toll could yet rise due to the nature of some of the injuries. Residents said they heard a loud explosion followed by gunfire coming from the town’s military base.

Later on Sunday, another car bomb exploded in Mogadishu, killing at least two people although some reports say four were killed in the blast. The car bomb detonated outside a coffee shop in one of the city’s busiest roads, causing significant damage to the surrounding buildings.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the second attack.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.