Somalia car bombing: Al-Shabaab claims responsibility as 10 dead including four militants after gunmen storm police HQ

Police said gunmen stormed the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters after two car bombs exploded outside

Samuel Osborne
Sunday 31 July 2016 08:25
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Somalia Mogadishu hit by car bomb and gunmen storm police HQ

At least 10 people have been killed including four attackers in an assault on Somalia's Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility after two suicide car bombs struck the gates of the CID headquarters in Mogadishu before at least two gunmen stormed the building.

"At least 10 people including four militants, five civilians and a soldier died in today's attack," Hussein Ali, a police officer, told Reuters. Another 15 people were injured, some seriously, he added.

Ali Hassan, a police officer at CID, said security forces stopped the assault and shot dead the gunmen who tried to storm the heavily fortified security facility.

Witnesses reported hearing two loud explosions before an exchange of gunfire, which lasted around half an hour.

The bodies of four civilians lay in the street near the compound, which was partially destroyed. A kiosk near the wall caught fire.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the bombing and shooting attack. "A fighter rammed a suicide car bomb into CID then other armed fighters stormed inside," Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab's military operations spokesman, told Reuters.

Earlier this week, the Islamist group claimed responsibility for an attack on a hotel near Mogadishu's international airport, which left at least 13 people dead.

Security analysts had warned the group could step up its attacks, taking advantage of the distraction caused by campaigning for a presidential election due in August.

Al-Shabaab, seeking to impose its strict view of Islam on the East African nation, has also launched attacks in Kenya and Uganda, which have contributed troops to the African Union peacekeeping force.

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