Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Second blast in Somalia's capital Mogadishu: police source

Second blast in Somalia's capital Mogadishu: police source

"We have learnt with great sorrow that many civilians lost their lives and were injured as a result of terrorist attacks perpetrated in Mogadishu", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Witnesses said the security forces launched a counterterror operation and engaged in an hour-long battle with the militants before ending the siege and killing all the three armed attackers.

At least nine people are dead and more than 10 wounded in an ongoing extremist attack on Somalia's interior ministry, police have said.

Somali security force personnel walk among debris at the site of a vehicle bomb explosion near the building of the Interior Ministry in Mogadishu on 7 July 7 2018. The death toll could rise, Col. Ahmed Mohamed said.

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A second blast nearby occurred opposite a police building.

The Islamist militant group, which is fighting to overthrow the Western-backed government, usually intensifies its attacks during the holy month, which began in May this year.

A number of people, mostly government workers, had been trapped in the ministry on what had been a normal business day.

Hussein said security forces opened fire after the blasts.

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The Somalia-based al-Shabab often targets high-profile areas of the capital.

In a separate incident on Saturday, a roadside bomb killed a former district commissioner in the Lower Shabelle region and wounded three others, according to police.

But this latest assault, which was immediately claimed by al-Shabab, has proved that it is still capable of large scale attacks, as well as the targeted assassinations it had been carrying out more recently.

Somalia has been gripped by violence and lawlessness since the toppling of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in the early 1990.

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