Suicide bomber kills 17 at Somali police academy

Suicide bomber kills 17 at Somali police academy

An Islamic extremist suicide bomber killed at least 17 people and injured 20 at a police academy in Somalia's capital Thursday, police said.

The bomber, with explosives strapped around his waist, infiltrated Gen. Kahiye Police Academy in Mogadishu and targeted officers gathering for special morning exercises, Capt. Mohamed Hussein said.

The officers were rehearsing for Somalia's Police Day celebrations scheduled for Dec. 20, Hussein said.

The Somalia-based extremist group Shabab quickly claimed responsibility for the attack. Shabab, which is allied with Al Qaeda, has carried out frequent attacks against hotels, checkpoints and other high-profile areas of...

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