Bomber from Norway, says Al-Shabaab

Somalia bomb experts inspect the site of recent explosions on January 2, 2014 in Mogadishu. Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels Wednesday identified a suicide car bomber who struck a town recently captured by African Union troops as a 60-year-old Somali man who held Norwegian citizenship. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB

What you need to know:

  • The attack is the latest by the Shebab, launched in apparent retaliation for a new offensive to root them out of areas of the war-torn country still under their control.
  • Shebab fighters once controlled most of southern and central Somalia but withdrew from fixed positions in Mogadishu two years ago.

Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels Wednesday identified a suicide car bomber who struck a town recently captured by African Union troops as a 60-year-old Somali man who held Norwegian citizenship.

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