At least 10 people have been killed on Tuesday during an attack on a government office building in Mogadishu, Somalia. The seven alleged shooters were also killed in the firefight, according to a Somali government official. The attack took place at the Ministry of Higher Education. Captain Mohamed Hussein, a senior law enforcement officer in Mogadishu, stated security forces were on the scene minutes after the shooting started.
Ridwan Haji Abdiweli, a spokesman for the government, stated among those killed were two soldiers and eight civilians. The attackers are thought to be al-Shabab militants. Though, there has been no confirmation as to who is responsible for the attacks.
The militants entered the office building after a suicide bomb exploded from a nearby car at the front gate of the office complex, giving the militants a clear opening, according to Hussein. The assault is just the latest instance of Islamic extremist violence in Mogadishu. Al-Shabab has been continuously attacking government buildings in Somalia’s capital.
By Alex Lemieux
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