Al-Shabab Says It Carried Out Mogadishu Attack, 3 Dead

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Islamist militant group al-Shabab says it carried out a deadly attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday.

The African Union mission in Somalia says the bombing outside a government compound killed at least three people.

An A.U. mission spokesman says the blast occurred outside a building used by the parliament speaker, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden. It was not immediately clear if he was the target.

The United Nations-backed government pushed al-Shabab out of Mogadishu last year, but the al-Qaida-allied group has vowed to continue the attacks.

Al-Shabab continues to control parts of southern and central Somalia.

Somalia has not had a stable central government since 1991.

The country is also recovering from a severe drought and famine that displaced hundreds of thousands of Somalis.