An explosion near the headquarters of the mayor of Mogadishu. 5 injured, and Al-Shabaab claims responsibility

A doctor and a witness confirmed on Sunday that at least 5 people were injured in an explosion at the gates of the mayor’s office in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, followed by gunfire.

The Somali extremist group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Abdul Qadir Abdul Rahman, director of Ameen Ambulance Service, said paramedics had transported 5 injured people from the site of the blast to
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After the attack, he added, shooting continues in the area and it is difficult for ambulances to enter.

Farah Abdullah, who works in the mayor’s office, said: “We were in office when we heard a huge explosion. We ran away, and this was followed by gunfire.”

The mayor’s office is located in the local government building within aarea well fortified of Mogadishu.

There are concrete barriers on the roads in the area. The building is located about one and a half kilometers from the residence of the president of the country.

An intelligence official, who identified himself only as Ahmed, said security forces immediately cordoned off theareabut the firefight between the army and the attackers was still in course.

Abdelaziz Abu Musab, spokesman for Al-Shabaab’s military operations, revealed in a statement that the well-fortified seat of local government in Mogadishu was stormed, explaining that the operation started with suicide bombings, before gunmen entered the building after killing its guards.

Somali extremist group Al-Shabaab launches frequent bomb and gun attacks on targets in Mogadishu and in the whole country.

The movement fights against the central government in Somalia since 2006 and seeks to overthrow it.

Al-Shabaab has particularly escalated its attacks in recent months, a testament to its ability to stay put, despite the government of President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud’s launch of an attack on fighters from the al-Qaeda-loyal movement in August 2022 .

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