All attackers dead as Somali ministry siege ends

Elias Hubbard
July 9, 2018

The ministry also said that Turkey "will continue to stand by the Somali people and its Government in the fight against terrorism and in providing stability". "Security forces are engaging in a fierce gun battle with the assailants inside the building", said a police officer who requested anonymity.

Destroyed vehicles are seen at the scene of a suicide auto bombing near Somalia's presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia on July 7, 2018.

At least nine people have been killed and more than a dozen others wounded in an attack on Somalia's interior ministry in the capital, Mogadishu.

One of the auto bombs was detonated outside the interior ministry, which is also used by the police, and the other near the presidential palace at about 11:00 local time (08:00 GMT).

The BBC's Somali service says there have been 10 deaths and at least 20 civilians are reported injured.

The Somalia-based al-Shabab, an arm of al-Qaida, often targets high-profile areas of the capital. The group was blamed for the October truck bombing that killed more than 500 people in the deadliest attack in the country's history.

The threat from what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in sub-Saharan Africa has hurt efforts to strengthen Somalia's fragile government and stabilise the long-chaotic Horn of Africa nation.

Abdinasir Said Muse, the deputy minister of security, was among those rescued from the compound.

In a statement posted on a jihadist website, the Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility.

"We have confirmed five dead and more than ten wounded", he said, adding that four militants had also been killed.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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