May 3 - Somali police say al Shabaab militants were behind a remote-controlled bomb blast that killed at least six people and wounded 25 others in the capital, Mogadishu. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Blood and gore stain this busy Mogadishu street.
At least six people died here in the Somali capital on Saturday when a remote controlled bomb went off.
Police say it was hidden in a pile of rubbish along the road.
It was planted there, they say, by al Shabaab Islamic insurgents linked to al Qaeda.
Witnesses say at least 25 others were wounded in the blast.
(SOUNDBITE) (Somali) UNIDENTIFIED EYEWITNESS, SAYING:
"I saw a dead body lying on the ground and more than 10 others wounded by the explosion which targeted a police officer's vehicle."
Among the fatalities: a senior city council official and his guards.
Their car was passing through this commercial center when the bomb went off, prompting police to fire their guns in the air.
Somalia's fragile government is struggling to impose order after more than two decades of chaos.
Al Shabaab militants want to impose strict Sharia law here.
They were pushed out of the city in 2011.
But they've hit Mogadishu with a series of suicide attacks in recent months in a guerilla-style campaign.
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