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Somali PM Unhurt in Deadly Attack on Convoy


A deadly explosion has hit a convoy escorting Somalia's prime minister in the capital of Mogadishu, but he escaped unhurt and later appeared in public.

At least five people were killed Sunday when the explosion ripped through a vehicle carrying bodyguards, just moments after the prime minister had passed by. News reports said the blast might have been from a land mine, remote-controlled bomb or rocket-launched grenade.

Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi was visiting the capital, an opposition stronghold, from his base in the town of Jowhar. He later took part in a planned meeting.

Mr. Gedi escaped unharmed from another deadly blast in Mogadishu when he visited in May.

Somalia has had no effective central government since 1991 and has been ruled by warring factions.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AFP and AP.

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