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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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Second blast in Mogadishu after gunmen attack courts

A large blast has been heard in an area near the airport in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, just hours after a series of explosions at law courts in the capital and gunmen stormed the building, residents said.

The blast in the courts earlier in Mogadishu. Credit: RTV

"We heard a blast ... and then soldiers opened fire. I see only thick smoke rising into the sky. I do not know what caused the blast. The whole area has been immediately besieged by security forces," one resident, Halima Osman, told Reuters.

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