Somalian terrorist group Al Shabaab set off two car bombs and stormed police headquarters in Mogadishu, killing at least five and wounding 21 more, according to Reuters Saturday.
The Islamist terrorist group claimed responsibility for the Somalian suicide bombings in proximity to the presidential palace and near a security building. They also laid claim to heavy gunfire that persisted for two hours outside of police headquarters, which house the security and interior ministries, Reuters reported.
“Al Shabaab remotely exploded the second car after they got out of it,” police official Major Mohammed Hussein told Reuters.
Fighters claimed they killed over 20 interior and security ministers and workers and are still occupying the building, although their initial claims are usually an exaggeration of official death tolls. (RELATED: Terrorist Group Al Shahbaab Bans Plastic Bags)
Witnesses saw staffers jumping from windows and walls trying to escape the violence, Al Jazeera reported.
The violence in Mogadishu has persisted since the early 1990s. Al Shabaab is fighting to overtake Somalia’s Western-backed central government and instate a stricter government based Islamic sharia law.
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