At least five killed in blast, attack near Mogadishu mayor’s office

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By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) -Islamist fighters set off a bomb then stormed a government building in Somalia’s capital on Sunday, killing at least five civilians, the ministry of information said. Attackers from the al Shabaab group charged into the block that houses the office of Mogadishu’s mayor around noon and got caught in a firefight with security forces, the ministry and witnesses said. Security killed six of the militants and cleared the area by about 6 p.m., the ministry said on its Facebook page. Al Shabaab has stepped up attacks in a show of resilience since President Hassan S…

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