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Former Somali foreign minister killed in bombing

A former Somali foreign minister, Hussein Elabe Faahiye, is among five people killed by a car bomb in the capital, Mogadishu, the country’s information minister said.

A former Somali foreign minister, Hussein Elabe Faahiye, is among five people killed by a car bomb in the capital, Mogadishu, the country’s information minister said.

Somalis look at the wreckage after a suicide car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu

Somalis look at the wreckage after a suicide car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu

Mr Faahiye had served under the former prime minister, Ali Mohammed Ghedi, in 2007.

The blast struck a convoy escorting officials and lawmakers to the presidential palace, the AFP news agency reports.

A tweet by a police official, quoted by the agency, said officers had stopped “a vehicle loaded with explosives, which was aiming to target a security forces base”.

Several vehicles were also destroyed in the blast. Images from Mogadishu showed a plume of white smoke above the scene of the attack.

Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab fighters regularly mount attacks in Mogadishu, as part of a decade-long insurgency against the government. They were expelled from the capital in 2011 but retain control of large areas of the country. BBC News

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