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Al Shabab Claims Responsibility for Somalia Plane Bomb

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    A view of an airliner after an explosion aboard Daallo Airlines Airbus flying to Djibouti, on February 2, 2016. The airliner made an emergency landing after take off from the Mogadishu International Airport.

    Islamist extremist group al Shabab has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a passenger jet earlier this month in Somalia, NBC News reported.

    In a statement on Saturday, the group said the explosion targeted Western intelligence officials and Turkish NATO forces on a plane bound for Djibouti on Feb. 2. The bomb went off shortly after takeoff, blowing a hole in the fuselage and sucking out the suspected instigator.

    The bomb was meant as “retribution” for acts against Somali Muslims.

    The plan, according to al Shabab, was to destroy the entire plane, but it failed. The group has vowed to continue such attacks.  

    Mark Schiefelbein/AP