Explosion in Somali capital kills at least 3, injures 5

Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabab recruits walk down a street oin Mogashu, the Somali capital, in 2012.  The group, affiliated with al-Qaeda, has been waging an insurgency in Somalia for about a decade.

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  • No immediate claim of responsibility reported
  • Jihadist group Al-Shabab has waged an insurgency in the country for years

(CNN)At least three people were killed and five others were wounded Saturday when a car bomb detonated near a restaurant in Mogaishu, the Somali capital, according to the Somali National News Agency.

The explosion took place at lunchtime, the agency reported, quoting officials.
    There were no immediate reports of a claim of responsibility
    The Somali government, with help from the United States and the African Union, is battling the militant group Al-Shabaab, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda. And at least four Al-Shabab militants were killed Thursday in heavy fighting in the central part of the country, the agency reported.
    Somalia, a country about the size of Texas, is located on the horn of Africa, bordering the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. Al-Shabab has been waging an insurgency in the country for about 10 years.