Explosions And Gunfire Near Somali Parliament

Militants have carried out a bomb and gun attack outside Somalia’s parliament.

Police said at least six insurgents were killed in the assault in a compound in the capital Mogadishu.

There were two explosions – one was from a car bomb and the other from a suicide bomber on foot.

A soldier died while trying to stop the bomber from entering parliament.

Police captain Mohamed Hussein said security forces had shot and killed four men.

The two other attackers who died were the driver of the car bomb and the bomber on foot.

Militants from the al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab, which fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government, reportedly claimed responsibility for the blasts.

The organisation previously admitted it was behind last September’s attack on the Westgate shopping centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi in which scores of people were killed.

Al Shabaab said that assault was in retaliation for Kenyan forces carrying out anti-militant operations in neighbouring Somalia.

The group was pushed out of Mogadishu about two years ago but has waged a sustained guerrilla campaign.

It has claimed a series of suicide bomb attacks in the city.

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24 May 2014 | 11:03 am – Source: orange.co.uk
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