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Truck bomb in heart of Somalia's capital kills at least 65

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People carry a wounded man at the scene of an explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Oct. 4. Dozens of people were reported killed after a car laden with explosives blew up in front of the Ministry of Education in the Somali capital.

Mohamed Sheikh Nor / AP

A soldier keeps guard near a burning vehicle at the scene of an explosion in Mogadishu on Oct. 4.

msnbc.com news services report from MOGADISHU:

A truck bomb killed at least 65 people at government buildings in the heart of Somalia's capital on Tuesday, an ambulance worker said, and al-Shabab insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack.

Witnesses said there was a loud blast at a compound housing four government ministries in the K4 (Kilometer 4) area of the capital Mogadishu, where students had gathered on Tuesday to take exams.

"We have carried 65 dead bodies and 50 injured people," ambulance coordinator Ali Muse told Reuters. "Some are still lying there. Most of the people have burns." Continue reading.