Somali court attack - 9 dead

2013-04-14 14:29
Somali government soldiers cross a street during heavy fighting with Islamist insurgents in northern Mogadishu, Somalia. (Farah Abdi Warsameh, AP)

Somali government soldiers cross a street during heavy fighting with Islamist insurgents in northern Mogadishu, Somalia. (Farah Abdi Warsameh, AP)

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Mogadishu - Gunmen and suicide bombers suspected to be Shabaab militants on Sunday attacked a courthouse in the Somali capital Mogadishu, leaving several people dead, an intelligence officer told AFP.

"Shabaab suicide bombers have attacked the court and regional headquarters area. At least one of them detonated himself leaving several dead," said Abdirahman Mohamed, the officer in Mogadishu.

Mohamed said that he could not give the exact numbers of casualties as the attack was continuing and "there are still several of them fighting the security forces inside the building."

The courthouse is located near the city's administrative headquarters which, according to witnesses, is a heavily-guarded location.

Witnesses said the suicide bombers and the gunmen who were dressed in Somali military uniforms stormed the main court building and started shooting at the security guards who fired back.

"They entered the building and then several explosions occurred. A car exploded outside. The whole area is a mess," said Ali Moalim, a witness.

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