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Somalia blasts claim lives

At least 19 people were killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu in a series of bomb attacks and subsequent gun battles carried out by militants linked to al Qaeda.

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At least 19 killed in militant attack in Somalia

At least 19 people have been killed in the Somali capital in a series of bomb attacks carried out by militants linked to al-Qaeda and in subsequent gun battles.

A Somali soldier runs near the scene of a deadly blast in Mogadishu Credit: REUTERS/Feisal Omar

A bomb exploded outside law courts in Mogadishu as gunmen stormed the compound. Security forces then arrived and battled the fighters inside.

Later, a bomb exploded near an African Union and Turkish Red Crescent convoy on the way to the airport.

A car goes up in flames near the scene of a blast Credit: REUTERS/Feisal Omar

The attack has been claimed by al Shabaab - a militant group linked to al-Qaeda.

Somali women walk past the site of a deadly blast Credit: REUTERS/Omar Faruk

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