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Truck Bomb Kills 70 In Somalia Capital

Officials in Somalia say a truck bomb has exploded outside a compound housing government buildings in Mogadishu, killing some 70 people and wounding dozens of others.

Police said a truck exploded at a security checkpoint at the entrance to the Education Ministry.

A spokesman for the Islamist militant group Al-Shabab said the group carried out the attack.

Al-Shabab has links to Al-Qaeda and controls large parts of south and central Somalia.

compiled from agency reports