15 dead as Alshabaab seizes the headquarters of Somalia’s security and internal affairs ministries

Mogadishu, July 07, 2018 (Hornnews24) – At least 15 people have been killed and more than 40 others were wounded on Saturday when Al-Qaida-linked Alshabaab detonated a car laden with explosives inside the Somali ministries of security and internal affairs at the heart of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

After the huge explosions Alshabaab fighters fought their way into the buildings shooting people inside indiscriminately.  Security forces rushed to the scene and heavy fighting continues between Alshabaab fighters and the government forces.

The death toll could rise as details are still sketchy. Alshabaab claimed responsibility. The group staged regular attacks in the capital as part of their fight against the country’s internationally backed government and the African Union forces supporting it.

Somalia has been unstable since the collapse of Siad Barre’s hardline regime in 1991. The country’s new government is supported by a 22,000-strong African Union force that includes troops from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

Al-Shabaab fighters have carried out a string of revenge attacks in neighbouring countries, notably Kenya and Uganda, in response to their participation in the AU force.

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