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At least 15 killed in Somalian suicide bombing

AT LEAST 15 people were killed in a suspected jihadist attack on an army training centre in the Somali capital Mogadishu today, with officials warning that the death toll could rise.

A suicide bomber disguised as a soldier detonated an explosive device as new recruits were lined up outside the General Dhegobadan military camp in the east of the city.

Army spokesman Mohamed Adan said that at least 15 were killed in the blast, but added: “The death toll may be higher.”

No group had claimed responsibility at the time the Morning Star went to print but the capital has been subjected to frequent attacks by the jihadists of al-Shabab.

The Islamist group, which seeks to establish a regional caliphate, usually targets military checkpoints and police stations.

At least 81 people were killed in an attack in December 2018, one of the group’s deadliest.

Last week, the government claimed to have captured a senior leader of the al-Qaida-affiliated organisation in a major operation that left 130 of its militia fighters killed and six villages liberated in the Shabelle region, 55 miles from Mogadishu.

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