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Roadside bomb kills 4 soldiers in town near Mogadishu

The blast in Afgoye took place a day after the al Shabaab group carried out a raid in the same town.

A military boot is seen at the scene of a suicide car bomb attack by al Shabaab in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, Somalia, September 18, 2016. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

The blast in Afgoye, about 30 km (18 miles) southwest of the capital, took place a day after the al Shabaab group carried out a raid in the same town that was repulsed by government troops, Maj. Osman Abdulle, a police officer, told Reuters.

“Last night, we repulsed the militants who attacked us.

“They must have planted the bomb,” he said.

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Al Shabaab, which has been waging an insurgency across Somalia, claimed responsibility for the bombing. The group is fighting to topple the Western-backed government in Mogadishu.

“We planted the bomb last night. At least seven soldiers died,”Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters.

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