Twin car bomb attacks kill 21 in Somalia

A Somali woman walks past the scene of a suicide car bomb attack near Juba hotel in capital Mogadishu 22 August 2015, at least 21 people were killed in Saturday's two attacks, the other car bomb hit a military training base in Kismayo.
Somali soldiers and locals looks at dead bodies of civilians who died after a suicide car bomb exploded near Juba hotel in Mogadishu 22 August 2015. At least 21 people were killed in two separate suicide car attacks the other was in Kismayo.

MOGADISHU - At least 21 people were killed in two separate suicide car attacks in Somalia on Saturday, one in Mogadishu and another at a military training base in the southern port city of Kismayu, police and military sources said.

Islamist militant group al Shabaab has lost control of most of their territories to African Union troops in recent years but they stepped up attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere.

Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's spokesman for military operations, said his group was behind the car bomb in Kismayu.

The attack at Kismayu University, which is being used as a base for training government troops, was launched as soldiers were lining up for training, military officials said.

Colonel Ahmed Ato told Reuters at least 16 Somali soldiers were killed and 21 others were wounded in the blast.

The second car exploded in the capital Mogadishu at a busy junction in the evening. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Mogadishu attack.

"So far we know five civilians died in this evening's blast and 7 others were injured," Mohamed Yusuf, the spokesman for the interior security ministry told reporters at the scene.

A Reuters reporter saw two burnt-out cars and a destroyed tea shop with blood stains nearby.


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