Five including deputy minister killed after gunmen attack Somalia government building

Two explosions were set off near the ministries of public works and labour after which gunmen entered the buildings in Shangani district of Mogadishu.

Published: 23rd March 2019 04:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd March 2019 07:19 PM   |  A+A-

Somalia soldier

Somali soldiers arrest a civilian close to the scene of two explosions set off near the ministries of public works and labour in Mogadishu. (AFP photo)

By AFP

MOGADISHU: Five people were killed including a deputy minister on Saturday after Al-Shabaab militants stormed government buildings in Somalia's capital, a witness and a senator told AFP. "I saw the dead bodies of four people, one of them in police uniform," said witness Abdulahi Mohamed.

Senator Ilyas Ali Hassan named the deceased minister as Saqar Ibrahim Abdalla, who was killed separately.

Police official Ibrahim Mohamed said the attack ended after police killed four gunmen. "There were some other casualties including members of the police," he said, without elaborating. The attack also left at least 11 people wounded, according to Abdukadir Abdirahman Adan, director of the Aamin ambulance service in the capital Mogadishu.

Shortly after the assault began, Al-Shabaab issued a statement claiming credit. Attacks that combine bombings with gunmen have become a speciality of the Al-Qaeda linked group, which is fighting an armed insurrection in Somalia against what it sees as heretic and foreign influence.

Earlier this month, at least 20 people died in an attack in Mogadishu which saw Al-Shabaab jihadists battling security forces for nearly 24 hours.

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