Suspected Islamists attack Somali education building

2015-04-14 12:33
Somali unrest. (Farah Abdi Warsameh, AP)

Somali unrest. (Farah Abdi Warsameh, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mogadishu - Suspected Islamist militants attacked the Higher Education Ministry building in the Somali capital on Tuesday, setting off two big blasts before gunmen stormed inside and battled with the security forces, police and witnesses said.

There was no immediate comment from the Islamist group al-Shabaab, but it has frequently launched such raids in Mogadishu in the past in its bid to topple the Western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of Islamic law.

"First two blasts occurred, a bike blast and a car blast, outside the building, then armed fighters stormed in. Fighting goes on," Major Ali Nur, a police officer, told Reuters.

He said he had seen at least one dead civilian and five injured, but said it was too early to know the full extent of casualties.

Trader Omar Mohamed, who works near the scene, said he was thrown off his chair when the blasts went off. He said the explosions were followed by gunfire.

"From the top of the building the attackers fire and from all sides government forces pour in fire," he said.

At the end of March, al-Shabaab militants attacked a hotel in the Somali capital using similar tactics of blasting and shooting their way inside. The death toll in the attack on the popular Maka al Mukaram hotel was 14.

Read more on:    al-shabaab  |  somalia  |  east africa  |  security
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.