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Two killed in Mogadishu after firing mortar

Two men were killed in the Somali capital after they were spotted firing mortars apparently aimed at the international airport, police and officials said.

The heavily guarded, sprawling airport site is home many UN agencies, African Union peacekeepers and embassies.

“Two militants firing mortars were killed and then their car bomb exploded. There was no other casualty,” said Abdifatah Omar Halane, spokesman for the Mogadishu mayor.

“When they were spotted they fought police and so they were shot dead,” said police Major Mohamed Nur. “Then their car exploded by itself. So far there are no casualties.”

A Reuters photographer saw the dead militants and their burnt car.

Islamist militant group al Shabaab, which carries out most of the bomb and mortar attacks in the capital, could not be reached for comment.

Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab wants to overthrow the Somali government and impose their own strict interpretation of Islam. The group is carrying out increasingly large numbers of bomb attacks.

Reuters.

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