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At least five people killed and 23 others injured in blast claimed by al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab armed group.

At least five people have been killed after a large explosion rocked the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses and officials have said.

The blast took place in the early hours on Thursday near the K4 junction, in the heart of the city. It triggered a plume of smoke, witnesses said, adding that they heard sounds of gunfire.

“So far we know five people died and 23 others (were) injured,” Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Aamin Ambulance services, told the Reuters news agency.

Photos show the blast shredded part of the school, with emergency workers looking through the collapsed roof beams and wooden benches. Students are among the victims, according

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