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5 suicide attacks at AU bases in Somalia

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Nairobi-based official says five simultaneous suicide attacks have targeted African Union bases in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

The diplomat says only some of Monday's attacks had been stopped in time.

The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, could not yet give casualty figures.

Al-Qaida-linked Islamists are battling the weak U.N.-backed government for control of the capital of Mogadishu. Around 9,000 AU troops are stationed in the city to prevent the government from being overrun by militants.

The insurgency has frequently launched suicide attacks against both government and AU soldiers. A suicide attack in 2009 on the main AU base in Mogadishu killed 21 people.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — An African Union soldier says that a suicide bomber has tried to attack an AU peacekeeping base in the Somali capital.

Capt. Prosper Hakizimana says the man was dressed in a Somali government military uniform when he attempted to enter the base Monday night. Hakizimana says the man was shot at by AU forces and immediately blew up.

Hakizimana said casualties were unknown.

Al-Qaida-linked Islamists are battling the weak U.N.-backed government for control of the capital of Mogadishu. Around 9,000 AU troops are stationed in the city to prevent the government from being overrun by militants.

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