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Car bombings in two Somali cities kill 21

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Car bombings in two Somali cities kill 21

Al Jazeera and agencies, 23 Aug 2015

URL: http://goo.gl/4AdKKa
At least 21 people have been killed in car bomb attacks in two cities in Somalia, police and military sources have said.

A car exploded in the capital Mogadishu at a busy junction on Saturday evening, killing at least five people.

"So far we know five civilians died in this evening's blast and seven others were injured," Mohamed Yusuf, the spokesman for the interior security ministry told reporters at the scene.

The explosion was close to the Internal Security Ministry and the Juba Hotel.

Witnesses told Al Jazeera that they also heard gunfire during the incident. There was no immediate claim of responsibility

Earlier on Saturday, al-Shabab claimed a suicide car bomb attack at Kismayo University, which is being used as a base for training government troops.

The attack by a member of the armed group, in which at least 16 troops died, was launched as soldiers were lining up for training, military officials said.