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15 killed as minibus hits roadside bomb in Middle Shabelle
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15 killed as minibus hits roadside bomb in Middle Shabelle

A roadside bomb has struck a minibus near Somalia’s capital, killing at least 15 people and wounding 2 others, a government spokesman said. The deadly explosion occurred between Balad district and Qalimoow village along the Mogadishu-Jowhar road where the passenger bus was travelling early Wednesday morning. ''A heinous incident, a minibus which left Mogadishu this morning to Jowhar with civilian passengers was blown up by Al Shabaab between Balad district & Qalimoow around 50 KM north to Mogadishu,'' Somali government spokesman Mohamed Moalimu said in a statement. ''15 innocent people were killed. This act is an indication to how ruthless terrorists are.'' he added. For more than a decade, al-Shabab has been fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally recognised government. The al-Qaeda-linked armed group used to control most parts of the country but, since 2011, its fighters have been pushed out of most large towns and cities including Mogadishu. However, it has continued to carry out deadly suicide bombings and assassinations in the capital and its surrounding areas.