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Dynamite Caused Explosion on Somali Airliner


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A military-grade type of dynamite caused an explosion on a Somali airliner over East Africa.

The explosion took place aboard a Daallo Airlines plane following takeoff at Mogadishu International Airport.

Authorities recovered evidence indicating a bomb was responsible for the explosion, according to a U.S. official. A CNN report said two people were injured and one was killed.

The plane was estimated to have reached 12,000 to 14,000 feet in altitude when the blast took place, according to a Mogadishu International Airport official. A picture taken after landing showed a hole on the side of the airliner. The hole was located above the wing and was smaller than one of the plane’s doors.

U.S. officials told CNN that investigators believe extremist terrorist group Al-Shabaab is responsible for the explosion.

I'm Jim Dresbach.

Jim Dresbach adapted this story for VOA Learning English. Kathleen Struck was the editor. We want to hear from you. Write to us in the Comments Section or visit our Facebook page.

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Words in This Story

dynamite – n. a powerful explosive that is often used in the form of a stick

takeoff – n. the moment when an airplane leaves the ground and begins to fly

feet - n. a form of measurement (one foot is equal to .3048 meters)

altitude – n. the height of something (such as an airplane) above the level of the sea

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