5 killed in an attack on the mayor’s office in Mogadishu

5 killed in an attack on the mayor’s office in Mogadishu
5 killed in an attack on the mayor’s office in Mogadishu
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The Somali Ministry of Information said on Sunday that at least five civilians were killed when militants detonated a bomb and then stormed a government building in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

And before that, a medic said that at least five people were injured in an explosion at the gates of the mayor’s office in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, followed by gunfire that is still going on.

Somalia’s al-Shabaab movement claimed responsibility for the attack.

Abdul Qadir Abdul Rahman, director of the “Amin Ambulance” service, said that the paramedics have transported five injured people from the site of the explosion so far.

He added that shooting is still going on in the area and it is difficult for ambulances to enter.

Farah Abdullah, who works in the mayor’s office, told Reuters, “We were in the office when we heard a huge explosion. We ran away, and this was followed by gunfire.”

The mayor’s office is located in the local government headquarters building within a well-fortified area of ​​Mogadishu.

There are concrete barriers on the roads in the area. The building is located about one and a half kilometers from the country’s president’s residence.

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An intelligence official who only identified himself as Ahmed told Reuters that the security forces immediately sealed off the area, but the exchange of fire between the army and the attackers is still going on.

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“Our elements stormed the well-fortified headquarters of the apostate local government in Mogadishu,” Abdulaziz Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, said in a statement, explaining that the operation first began with suicide bombings before gunmen entered the building after killing its guards.

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The Somali militant group Al-Shabaab has launched frequent bomb and gun attacks on targets in Mogadishu and across the country.

The movement has been fighting the central government in Somalia since 2006 and seeks to overthrow it, and then rule the country according to its strict interpretation of Islamic law.

Al-Shabaab has especially intensified attacks in the past few months, which reflects its ability to remain in the scene despite the launch of an offensive by the government of President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud against the fighters of the movement loyal to Al-Qaeda in August 2022.

Somalia witnessed two successive bombings in late October, which claimed the lives of more than 100 people, and with the escalation of military operations carried out by government forces with the support of volunteers from the southern governorates of the country, the situation of the extremist “Al-Shabaab” movement is becoming increasingly critical, especially with the defeats it has suffered and the series of withdrawals. Unprecedented forced upon.

However, the movement has proven that it has more horror and bloody operations in its arsenal through which it can prove its existence, even if this leads to the death and injury of hundreds of innocent people, the destruction of the property of dozens, and the impoverishment of many of them who lose their breadwinners and their means of livelihood.

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