Islamists kill 8 in attack on Somali police station

2015-06-20 13:04
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Mogadishu - Gunmen from the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab killed at least eight officers in a raid on a police station near the capital, police and the militants said on Saturday.

Al Shabaab fighters stormed a police station on the edge of Afgoi town, 30km southwest of Mogadishu, killing eight officers and stealing three pick-up trucks, including one that had a machine gun mounted on it.

Major Abdikadir Hussein, a police officer, said: "We traced them this morning, killed 10 of them and secured our pick-up with a gun hooked on," he added, saying the Islamists ran off with the other two vehicles.

Urban strongholds

Al-Shabaab, which wants to topple a Western-backed government in Mogadishu, has in the past stepped up the number of raids during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

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