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At least twelve dead in an Al Shabaab attack on the regional headquarters in the Somali capital

At least twelve dead in an Al Shabaab attack on the regional headquarters in the Somali capital

MOGADISCIO, 22 (DPA/EP)

At least six civilians and six militants from the jihadist group Al Shabaab have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack by the Islamist organization against the regional headquarters of government in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The attack has followed with a shooting raid on the government headquarters of the Banadir region, of which Mogadishu is a part, in the Hamar Weyne neighborhood, near the old town.

Sources from the Somali portal Garowe on Line have confirmed that the attack was specifically directed against the mayor of the capital, Yusuf Hussein Jimale Madale, who was not in his office at the time of the assault.

The security forces have managed to regain control of the area after four hours of shooting and clashes with the assailants, according to the Somali Police.

The attack has already been claimed by Al Shabaab, which, however, has not given more details about it. In the last week the organization has intensified its attacks against the Army in response to the “total war” launched by the Government with the support of the United States and the African Union force sent to the country.

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