7 dead as Somali troops fight al-Shabab in town near capital

October 18, 2016 6:15 PM

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MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali police say at least seven are dead after hours of clashes as Somali and African Union troops pushed back al-Shabab extremists from a town near Mogadishu.

The attacks in Afgoye started when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a Somali police station and African Union base. Gunmen then attacked military bases.

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