Somalia: Three Dead in Al-Shabaab Police Station Attack
At least three people have been killed in an Al-Shabaab attack on a Police station in Somalia’s capital, authorities have said.
A senior police officer who declined to be named confirmed the attack to a local radio station on Sunday. He revealed three Al-Shabaab fighters were killed in the assault who used rocket-propelled grenades to attack Huriwa police station overnight.
“The Government forces prevented Al Shabaab from running over Huriwa police station and killed three militants during the counter-attack,” the police officer told Radio Shabelle.
Further violence in Mogadishu
The attack on Huriwa police station is the third major incident reported from Mogadishu in the first two days of 2016, as violence continues in the Somalia capital.
On New Year’s Day, a gun attack in the city killed a Turkish international and a young Somali girl. No group has claimed responsibility for the shooting so far, but it’s widely believed this was also carried out by Al-Shabaab.
The Islamist militant group is yet to respond to the police officer’s claims it was responsible for the Huriwa station attack.
Three killed in separate restaurant attack
Three people have also been killed in a separate terrorist attack on a restaurant in the country’s capital. According to Somali police, a suicide bomber walked into the Village Restaurant, opposite Somali’s National Theatre, on Saturday before detonating his vest.
Three civilians are confirmed to have died in the blast, in addition to the suicide bomber himself. Police indicated the death toll could have been much worse, but the majority of people in the restaurant were able to escape before the bomb was detonated.
The Village Restaurant attack has also been blamed on Al-Shabaab, which has carried out regular attacks in the capital, as part of its campaign against the Western-backed Somali government.