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Car bomb kills 3, wounds 6 at checkpoint in Somali capital

A Somali official says a car bomb has killed three people and wounded six others at a checkpoint in the capital

Jan 8th · 1 min read

NAIROBI, Kenya — (AP) — A Somali official says a car bomb has killed three people and wounded six others at a checkpoint in the capital.

Salah Omar, a spokesman for the Mogadishu mayor, says the blast occurred Wednesday as soldiers were conducting searches at a checkpoint.

He said the bomb attached to the vehicle was remotely detonated.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility. The group often targets Somalia's capital.

Security forces and others walk past the wreckage of vehicles after a vehicle bomb attack on a security checkpoint located near the presidential palace, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh) (Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Medics help a man who was wounded in a vehicle bomb attack on a security checkpoint located near the presidential palace, as he arrives at a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh) (Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Medics help a woman who was wounded in a vehicle bomb attack on a security checkpoint located near the presidential palace, as she arrives at a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh) (Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Security forces and others stand by the wreckage of vehicles after a vehicle bomb attack on a security checkpoint located near the presidential palace, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh) (Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Security forces and others stand by the wreckage of vehicles after a vehicle bomb attack on a security checkpoint located near the presidential palace, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh) (Farah Abdi Warsameh)

People remove a dead body after a vehicle bomb attack on a security checkpoint located near the presidential palace, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh) (Farah Abdi Warsameh)

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last updated: 2020-01-08@13:01