Somalia: 9 killed in al-Shabaab car bomb attack

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At least nine people were killed during a car bomb attack in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday. Security forces killed three attackers involved in the attack after a two-hour gun battle in the city, police confirmed. Militant al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack and officials say the death toll could rise due to the number of people injured in the attack.

9 killed in car bomb attack

Nine people are confirmed to have been killed in the attack and more than 10 others were wounded. The attack targeted Somalia’s interior ministry and witnesses say some ministry staffers were killed in the attack while others were injured while leaping out from windows to escape.

Th attack started on Saturday morning when a suicide car bomber detonated at the gate of the interior ministry. Three gunmen, who are believed to have already been inside the ministry at the time of the explosion, began shooting people inside the compound. Security forces battled with the militants for two hours before they were killed and the compound was cleared of danger.

Officials say the suicide car bombers were dressed in military uniforms and passed through multiple checkpoints using identification. Mogadishu had been relatively calm in recent months, coinciding with stronger security measures being implemented across the city.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.