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Suicide attack kills Somali sports officials


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Relatives assist an unidentified woman injured in an explosion at the national theater in Mogadishu, Somalia, on April 4, 2012.

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Residents assist an unidentified man injured in the explosion.

NBC News, msnbc.com staff and news services report — The president of Somalia's Olympic committee and the head of the country's soccer federation have been killed in a suicide blast at Mogadishu's newly reopened national theater that left at least 10 dead, according to reports.

Sports official Shafici Mohyadin said the two were killed on Wednesday when the blast hit the first anniversary celebration of Somalia's television station, according to the Associated Press.

Ali Muse, the head of Mogadishu's ambulance service, said at least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded, including the country's national planning minister.

Al-Shabab, the regional terror group affiliated to al-Qaida, claimed reponsibility for the attack, Reuters reported. Read more.

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Policemen and residents secure the national theater after the explosion.

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Somalis stretcher away a man wounded in the blast.