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Somalia: Terrorist bombs, gunfire kill at least 10

Deputy minister for labour and social affairs is among casualties in attack on ministry buildings in capital Mogadishu

March 24, 2019 at 2:16 pm

At least 10 people, including soldiers, civilians, and a deputy minister, were killed when a car bomb followed by gunfire targeted government buildings in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, officials said.

Mohamed Bulle, a police officer, told Anadolu Agency over the phone that the double car bomb blast targeted the Labor Ministry and Public Works and Housing Ministry buildings.

“After the blasts, gunmen stormed the building,” he added.

Five of the terrorist attackers were among the dead, and the wounded were rushed to hospital, he said.

Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre also confirmed the attack, saying: “I expressed my condolences to the families of the victims of today’s cowardly terrorist attacks in Mogadishu, including Deputy Minister for Labour and Social Affairs Saqar Ibrahim Abdalla, who was killed in the attack”.

Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

Separately, a roadside blast outside Mogadishu killed four government soldiers on Saturday. Another two blasts wounded three civilians, according to police sources.