03:58 GMT03 March 2021
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    Earlier, Somalian security forces killed three Al-Shabaab militants involved in a mortar shelling targeting President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and regional officials in the town of Dhusamareb.

    A roadside explosion outside the central Somalian town of Dhusamareb has killed 12 agents from the National Intelligence and Security Agency, police said in a statement.

    ​Politicians were meeting in Dhusamareb to discuss the 8 February elections.

    The al Shabaab militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to reports.

    Somalia has been engulfed in violence since the eruption of a civil war between clan-based armed groups in the early 1990s. The situation has been further complicated by Al-Shabaab militants, who are staging numerous attacks across the country in an attempt to impose a radical version of Sharia law in the country.

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