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Al Shabaab claims attack on compound housing Somali intelligence

Al Shabaab spokesperson claimed they attacked the national security base and 'killed many' of Somali intelligence,

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Fighters from Somalia’s al Shabaab group detonated a car bomb and fought their way into a compound where national intelligence agency officials train, police and the militants said on Sunday, as gunfire raged inside.

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Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters the fighters had captured the building and “killed many” intelligence agents inside.

“First they hit a car bomb against the gate of the house and then fighters went in the building. Fighting is now going on,” Major Nur Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters.

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Hussein said the compound, close to the headquarters of Somalia’s national intelligence agency, was also “used by the national security forces for training and lodging”.

Al Shabaab wants to topple a Western-backed government in Mogadishu and has in the past stepped up attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Wednesday.

The group on Saturday attacked a police post near the capital, killing eight officers.

First published on: 21-06-2015 at 10:46:07 am
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