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At Least 4 Dead In Suicide Attack On U.N. Convoy In Mogadishu

A car packed with explosives rammed into the vehicles near the Somali capital's airport. Militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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At least four people have died following a suicide attack on a United Nations convoy in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, AFP reported.

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Somali security officers attempt to extinguish a fire at the scene of an explosion in front of the airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Dec. 3.

The attack took place on Wednesday morning, when a car packed full of explosives rammed into the convoy near the the heavily fortified gates to the city's airport, which is the entrance to the country's "green zone," and the location of several foreign embassies.

Police Col. Mohamed Hassan told CNN that three of the dead were civilians, and one a member of the security forces.

Police officer Mohamed Liban told AFP: "The bomber drove in between the security escort and the UN armoured vehicles and detonated the car, ramming into one of the escort vehicles. I saw four dead people so far, but the casualties are believed to be more, we are still investigating the incident and there is chaos in the area."

This video, shot by ITV News' Mo Dahir, shows the aftermath of the explosion.

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Militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, Al Jazeera reported.

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Al-Shabab's military spokesman AbdiAziz Musab said, "Our Mujahideen based in Mogadishu have today targeted a convoy of foreign mercenaries and their apostate allies nearby the airport."

Yesterday, the group launched an attack on a Kenyan quarry, killing 36 people.

Francis Whittaker is a homepage editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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