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Four police officers killed on key Somali town suicide car bombing

By on October 19, 2016

A suicide attacker rammed a bomb-laden car into a police station in the Somali town of Afgoye on Tuesday Oct 18, killing at least four police officers, and militants then stormed the area, local authorities said.

Fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group launched a major attack on the strategic town of Afgoye near Mogadishu on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people, including civilians, before retreating.

The Shabaab fighters pulled out before troops from the African Union’s peacekeeping mission in Somalia, Amisom, arrived.

“The terrorists have retreated back from the town and the situation is back to normal, Somali government forces are now in full control,” local police official Abdukadir Ahmed said by phone.

“Many militants have entered the town. Heavy fighting is taking place,” police major Nur Osman said.

A statement from Shabaab said they had killed 35 government soldiers and seized a sizeable quantity of military equipment from the posts it attacked.

The al Shabaab militant group, which has been carrying out a series of deadly bombings throughout Somalia, claimed responsibility for the attack. The group is fighting to topple the Western-backed government in Mogadishu.

The attack on Afgoye, which lies at a strategic crossroads of routes heading north, west and south into Somalia, shows the country’s continuing fragility.

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