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Suicide bomb targets Italian army trainers in Somali capital

October 1, 2018 GMT

              A member of the Italian military attends the scene after an attack on a European Union military convoy in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. A Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber has targeted a European Union military convoy carrying Italian military trainers in the Somali capital Monday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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A member of the Italian military attends the scene after an attack on a European Union military convoy in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. A Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber has targeted a European Union military convoy carrying Italian military trainers in the Somali capital Monday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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A member of the Italian military attends the scene after an attack on a European Union military convoy in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. A Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber has targeted a European Union military convoy carrying Italian military trainers in the Somali capital Monday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A suicide car bomber on Monday targeted a European Union military convoy carrying Italian military trainers in the Somali capital, a Somali police officer said.

The car bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle next to a military convoy near Somalia’s defense ministry compound, injuring several soldiers, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein. One civilian was killed in the powerful blast, he said.

Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the blast through its radio arm, Andalus.

There was no immediate comment from the European Union on the attack on its military convoy. The Italian military trainers were reportedly trainings members of the Somali army.