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Separate blasts kill 2 in Somalia

An attack in Somalia killed security guards and a man released from an Italian prison after being detained for 16 years on tort conviction.

According to authorities, the first explosive device targeted a vehicle carrying police officers in the town of Afgoye, 30 km southwest of the capital Mogadishu. He was identified as Mohammed Abdi Madbe.

Afgooye security officials confirmed to VOA that police officers were killed when a land mine planted near a river bridge targeted his car.

Al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility.

The second case killed a man who had worked in an Italian prison for nearly 16 years.

According to Somali police spokesman Abdifata Adan, who spoke to VOA over the phone, Omar Hashi Hassan was killed by a bomb attached to his car in the Darkenry district of Mogadishu.

Hassan was convicted on March 20, 1994, of the murder of Italian reporter Ilaria Alpi and her photographer Milan Frovatin. Hassan was acquitted after he was found to be illegally convicted.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing in Mogadishu.