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Somali militants kill 65 near government buildings

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An Islamist militant group with links to al Qaeda says it carried out the truck bomb attacks that killed at least 65 people in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

Al Shabaab insurgents attacked a compound housing four government ministries in the city centre, leaving at least 50 people injured.

The blast happened in an area under the control of Somali and African Union troops.

Al Shabaab pulled most of its fighters out of Mogadishu in August amid an offensive by AU forces. The group had previously said that it would fight back with guerilla-style attacks on state buildings. It launched an insurgency four years ago and controls large parts of central and southern Somalia.

Somalia has been without an effective central government for two decades, with an interim administration and Islamist militants battling each other for control of the country.