Aircraft, bomb and skeleton in eclectic Fort Paull auction

The Last Remaining Blackburn Beverley Transporter Aircraft

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image captionThe Blackburn Beverley was a transport aircraft in use by the Royal Air Force between 1955 and 1967

A military museum’s entire collection including the last RAF aircraft of its kind and an unexploded bomb dropped on Hull are up for auction.

Fort Paull, a gun battery and fort on the north bank of the Humber Estuary, was a museum before closing in January.

Bids for the last surviving Blackburn Beverley Transporter Aircraft currently stand at more than £3,000.

A pretend skeleton and a waxwork of the Queen are among the

eclectic items up for grabs until 19 September.

Auctioneer Andrew Baitson said: “It’s certainly up there with one of more unusual lots we’ve had.”

image captionThe Herman 2250lb German bomb was dropped in Shiphams Car Park in Hull in 1942

Mr Baitson said there had been

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Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab said they were behind the attack and put the number of dead at 20.

A Somali soldier was also wounded in the attack in Jana Cabdalle village, some 60 km (37 miles) from the port city of Kismayu, which is also Jubbaland region’s capital.

“Two soldiers of Danab (special) forces died and two others were wounded. A U.S. officer was seriously wounded,” Mohamed Ahmed Sabriye, director of communications of Jubbaland state palace told Reuters by phone.

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The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group claimed responsibility and claimed that 20 Somali soldiers were dead, Al Jazeera reported.

Ismail Mukhtar Oronjo, a Somali government spokesman, told Anadolu news agency a suicide car bomb exploded outside the special forces base.

“A [suicide] car bomb blast targeted a military base in Janay Abdalla earlier on Monday,” Oronjo said.

“One U.S. service member was injured in an attack by al-Shabab this morning,” Col. Chris Karns, the director of public affairs for the United States Africa Command, said in a statement.

“U.S. and Somali forces were conducting an advise, assist and accompany mission when al-Shabab attacked using a vehicle employed as an improvised explosive device and mortar fire.”

Karns said

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