At least eight die in suicide car bomb attack in Somalia's capital

The Islamic extremist group Al-Shabab has rammed a vehicle laden with explosives into a checkpoint near the Presidential Palace in Somalia.

At least eight people were killed in the explosion and nine others were wounded a police spokesman said.

The checkpoint is used by President Mohamed Farmajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Roble to get safely to and from the airport in the capital, Mogadishu.

The al-Qaida-linked group has carried out many such attacks in its insurgency against the UN-backed government for the last decade and over 4,000 people have died.

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