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Somali lawmaker killed in car bomb explosion

Somali and Ethiopian nationals arrested as part of a crackdown on terrorism by Kenyan national security officers sit at the back of a police truck as they are driven away from a centre on April 17, 2014, in Nairobi, following a process of vetting of the validity of their stay in Kenya. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said today it was "disturbed by reports of harassment and other abuses" in a Kenyan counter-terrorism operation targeting Somalis that has seen thousands arrested and scores expelled.

MOGADISHU, Somalia: A Somali police official says a legislator in the country's parliament has been killed in a car bomb explosion in the Somali capital on Monday.

Capt. Mohamed Yusuf said Monday that Isaq Mohamed Rino was killed after a bomb planted under his car exploded in Mogadishu's Hamarweyne neighborhood. The blast also wounded another lawmaker, Mohamed Ali, who was traveling with Rino in the car.

Al-Shabab has claimed the responsibility for the blast which was condemned by the country's prime minister as a "cowardly attack."

The al-Qaida-linked Islamic rebels of al-Shabab frequently carry out attacks against government officials, African Union peacekeepers, and foreigners.

 

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