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Eight dead and 13 children injured as bomb explodes near school in Somalia
An explosion at an Italian-built school in the Somali capital on Saturday left eight students dead and 13 injured, police said.
Fedi Ahmed, a police spokesman in Mogadishu, said the explosion occurred when an underground safe room used by the teachers in the inner-city school was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED).
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“We were going to an underground safe room to prepare our child’s day,” said Hussein Aden, a parent whose son was among the wounded. “Suddenly a small blast went off. The rooms were full of children.”
The blast struck on the second day of the school’s third term, an event typically attended by at least 2,000 children.
A resident of the neighbourhood about 10km north of the city centre, Said Ali, said it had seen a marked increase in the number of suspicious-looking vehicles moving around ahead of the school’s opening.
Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaida-linked militant group, said it carried out the attack in the Gide and Gazelle neighbourhood.
Gide-Gazelle is in the heart of Mogadishu, where business and residential activity are robust.
The group has been heavily hit by the African Union-led AMISOM force which has been deployed in Somalia since 2007. Al-Shabaab is fighting to overthrow the internationally backed government and impose its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law in Somalia.