12 civilians killed in Somalia attack, say police

September 8, 2014 3:44 PM

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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — At least 12 civilians were killed Monday in a suicide attack targeting African Union troops in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region, the first serious assault by suspected Islamic extremists after the killing of al-Shabab's top leader in a U.S. airstrike last week, the police and a regional official said.

The attack happened near the Elasha Biyaha settlement, said Abdiqadir Mohamed Nor, the governor of Lower Shabelle.

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