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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Dozen civilians dead, 17 severely injured, during twin
suicide bomb blasts in Somalia capital of Mogadishu

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least 12 people were killed and 17 others injured in twin blasts in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday, police said.

The first blast took place when a suicide car bomb was detonated outside a building housing the interior and security ministry.

The second hit near a police checkpoint adjacent to the presidential palace.

Police officer who did not want to be named told Xinhua by phone that the militants involved in the attack on the building were overpowered by the security forces.

"The attack begun after a car bomb exploded outside of the building but now the security forces have managed to contain the attack and killed all the assailants.

"We can confirm that at least 12 people were killed in the attack," the officer said.

The headquarters of the security and interior ministry is located in fortified areas and also close to the presidential palace and the parliament building.

Abdikadir Abdurrahman, director of Amin Ambulance, told Xinhua that they have transported 17 injured people to the hospital.

Witnesses reported the attack and said they heard huge blasts followed by gunfire at the area.

"I have seen huge plume of smoke rising above the site of the explosion and after minutes other one followed.

Security forces cordoned off the area," an eye witness, Osman Shuke, told Xinhua.

Al-Shabab terror group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack that comes despite increased military operations against the militant group across the Horn of Africa nation.
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UPDATE:

AMISOM condemns twin blasts in Somalia’s Mogadishu

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has strongly condemned Saturday’s twin blasts in the Somali capital Mogadishu that left at least 12 people dead and 17 others injured.

The AU mission said in a statement that the attack on the ministry of interior premises shows that al-Shabab terrorists have no regard for the stability and progress of the Horn of Africa nation.

The first blast took place when a suicide car bomb was detonated outside the building of the interior and security ministry.

The second hit near a police checkpoint adjacent to the palace.

The ministry building is located in one of the most strategic areas of the city.

A police officer who did not want to be named told Xinhua by phone that four gunmen involved in the attack on the building were overpowered by the security forces.

Security sources said two employees from the ministry and four government soldiers are among the dead.

The security official said four attackers carried out the attack, three of them were shot dead by security forces inside the ministry building while the other attacker blew himself up.

The latest attack came amid heightened security in the Somali capital following the deployment of more security forces and erection of security roadblocks along key roads.

Al-Shabab terror group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack which comes despite increased military operations against the militant group across the Horn of Africa nation.

           

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