13 killed in blasts on security building in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia: At least 8 people were killed Sunday morning in a twin car bombing at the entrance of Criminal Investigation Department headquarters, at the center of the capital Mogadishu, according to security sources.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to fears for their safety, told Anadolu Agency that most of the victims were civilians who were crossing the street at the moment of the attack, adding that the building’s gate was severely damaged.

The sources did not say whether the two cars were driven by suicide bombers or remotely detonated.

Witnesses said they saw the body parts of five civilians scattered around the site of the attack.

For its part, the Somalian government announced that security personnel had killed seven attackers.

Abdul Kamil Mohamed Shoukri, spokesman of the Ministry of National Security, said that five of the attackers had tried to storm the building before the Somali police foiled their plan.

As for casualties, he said, “Thirteen people were killed, including seven attackers, a policeman, and five civilians.”

At press time no one had claimed responsibility for the blasts, but the Al-Shabaab movement is habitually held to blame for such bombings, as it often claims responsibility.

The blasts come five days after twin suicide attacks in Somalia at the African Union peacekeeping base, claiming the lives of at least 14 people.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for that attack, saying it was targeting the headquarters for the African Union base.

The Al-Shabaab movement, formed in 2004, is an armed movement intellectually linked to al-Qaeda, and it is named by various parties as a terrorist movement.

By Noor Gedi

Read More: Anadolu Agency

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