A Somali police officer secures the scene near the wreckage of a car bomb that was detonated outside a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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At least six people were killed Thursday in a suicide car bomb attack targeting a United Nations convoy close to Mogadishu's heavily fortified international airport, officials said.Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab rebels, who are fighting to overthrow the country's internationally backed government, told AFP that one of their suicide bombers carried out the attack. A statement from UNSOM, the U.N. mission in Somalia, said the bomb went off near a convoy of vehicles shortly after midday.An Al-Shabab spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.Another witness told an AFPTV journalist at the scene that as many as 14 people were killed and saw six others being taken away to hospital.The attack comes amid an apparent upsurge of Al-Shabab bombings in and around Mogadishu.
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