Suicide bomber attacks Somalia military training camp

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A suicide bomber struck a military training camp in Somalia on Saturday, causing casualties, a military official said, in an attack claimed by the Al-Shabaab jihadist group one week after twin blasts left 116 dead.

The attack on the camp in Somalia's capital Mogadishu came as the government ratchets up its fight against the Islamists who have led a 15-year insurgency in the troubled Horn of Africa nation.

The bomber detonated himself at the Xero Nacnac training camp for army recruits, military official Adan Yare told AFP. "There were some casualties inflicted on both civilians and the new recruits," he said, adding that investigations were ongoing.

Somalia's state-run news agency SONNA said the blast occurred at the camp's entrance, indicating some civilian casualties. Witnesses report seeing several ambulances arrive at the scene of the attack.

"The army cordoned off the area and it is not possible to get close to the camp but... I saw several ambulances rushing to the scene and coming out with casualties, I cannot say how many," Mogadishu resident Farah Muse told AFP.

There was no official statement from the government about the attack, which was claimed by Al-Shabaab. The Al-Qaeda-linked fighters have stepped up their attacks in Somalia since President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud took office in May and vowed an "all-out war" against the jihadists.


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