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Al Shabab Claims Responsibility for Somalia Plane Bomb

Explosion on airliner in Somalia
Anadolu Agency/Getty Images A view of an airliner after an explosion aboard Daallo Airlines Airbus flying to Djibouti, on Feb. 2. The airliner made an emergency landing after take off from the Mogadishu International Airport.

The claim was not immediately verified by investigators

Islamic extremist group al Shabab has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a passenger plane earlier this month in Somalia that blew a hole in the fuselage and sucked out the suspected instigator.

In a statement Saturday, al Shabab said the explosion targeted dozens of Western intelligence officials and Turkish NATO forces aboard a plan bound for Djibouti on Feb. 2. The operation was “retribution,” it said, for acts against Somali Muslims.

Al Shabab’s claim of responsibility was not immediately verified by investigators. But the online claim does appear to be from the terror group, according to global security firm

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