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7 die in Mogadishu blasts

2012-05-20 10:05

Mogadishu - At least seven people, mostly Somali soldiers, were killed on Saturday in bomb explosions in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials and witnesses said.

A roadside bomb planted under a tree killed four soldiers and one civilian in northern Mogadishu's Karan district while at least two soldiers died in a separate grenade attack in Bakara market.

"Four soldiers were killed when a bomb planted in the shade of a tree was detonated. One civilian was also killed in the attack and the security forces are conducting investigations," Abdirahman Mumin, a Somali security official told AFP from the scene of the blast.

He attributed the attack to the Somali Islamist extremists who abandoned fixed positions in the capital in August and who have since then concentrated on guerrilla-style tactics.

"I think Al-Shebab planted the bomb during the night when nobody was in the area," he said.

In a second attack, unknown assailants hurled grenades at Somali soldiers who were pulling down illegal buildings near Bakara market, killing at least two of them.

"There was a heavy explosion in Bakara market as the soldiers were destroying illegal buildings. It was a grenade attack and I saw the dead bodies of two soldiers," Dahir Moalim, a witness told AFP.

Another witness, Shamso Mohamed, confirmed he had seen two soldiers killed in Bakara market.