1 killed in blast at Somali parliament

2012-11-07 17:08


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Mogadishu - A strong blast rocked Somalia's parliament on Wednesday and at least one person was killed.

The blast, believed to be a car bomb set off close to the parliamentary building, is the latest in a string of attacks in the war-ravaged Somali capital.

A body of a Somali government security official dressed in military uniform could be seen following the explosion.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, but the Al-Qaeda linked Shebaab insurgents have conducted a series of guerrilla style attacks in the capital since pulling out of fixed positions last year.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri earlier urged all Muslims to support Somalia's Islamist Shebaab, who have in recent months suffered several major setbacks with African Union troops wresting several strongholds from them.

The insurgents have vowed to topple newly elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who took office in September after being chosen by the country's new parliament, bringing an end to eight years of transitional rule.

An offensive led by the 1 700-strong AU force alongside Somali forces has stripped the Shebaab of most of the towns they held.

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