November 26, 2018 / 4:26 AM / 18 days ago

Car bomb strikes near religious centre in Somalia - Al Shabaab

MOGADISHU, Nov 26 (Reuters) - A car bomb struck near a religious centre in central Somalia on Monday and armed gunmen stormed inside to attack a controversial cleric, a local elder and the Al Shabaab group said.

“A suicide car bomb rammed into the centre of the controversial cleric called Abdiweli. Now the militants are inside and firing at those inside,” Farah Nur, an elder in the town of Galkayo, told Reuters.

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

“A car bomb rammed into the centre of the man who insulted the prophet. Our militants are now inside and fighting goes on,” said Abdiasis Abu Musab, a spokesman for the militant Islamist group. (Reporting by Abdi Sheikh; Writing by George George Obulutsa; editing by Darren Schuettler)

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