Bomb blast kills six in Somali capital

January 19, 2012 21:04


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MOGADISHU - A bomb blast on Thursday killed two Somali policemen and four refugees close to a camp for displaced people in the capital, Mogadishu, the African Union's peacekeeping force in Somalia said.

Nur Hayr, a senior police officer, said the explosion happened in the capital's Wadajir district. It appeared to target a police checkpoint set back from the densely packed settlement of crude shelters.

"The bomb was planted under an acacia tree where the camp leaders and police always sit. The tree is near the camp leaders' office," Hayr said.

Ndayiragije Come, spokesman for Burundi's peacekeeping contingent, told Reuters: "The blast killed six people not so far from our base today."

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