Al-Shabaab claims to have ‘killed’ US officials in Benadir bombing

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Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the bombing at the Banadir intersection in Mogadishu, which was set off by an improvised explosive device (IED) vehicle driven by a suicide bomber.

According to al-Shabaab media outlets, an official statement from al-Shabaab said the attack targeted American officials working for a defense company called Pacific Architects and Engineers, according to the statement.

“An explosion targeted a convoy of vehicles carrying American officers. The vehicle in which the officers were traveling was targeted and there were casualties,” the statement said.

Al-Shabaab claimed that the US citizens were two officers, who along with Ugandans, had just left Villa Baidoa.

Al-Shabaab did not disclose the exact number of casualties among the officers, as it said it was involved in the attack.

The blast near the Banadir intersection was so loud that it was heard in many parts of the city, and targetted an AMISOM convoy coming from Villa Baidoa, according to local sources.

One of the AMISOM vehicles was severely damaged in the blast, with the injured taken to hospitals in Mogadishu.

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