Al-Shabab attacks CID headquarters in Mogadishu
July 31, Mogadishu: At least 10 people have been killed when Al-Shabab attackers set off two car bombs outside a police base in Somalia's capital before gunmen stormed inside.
According to police sources, the armed group quickly claimed responsibility for the assault on the headquarters of Somalia's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Mogadishu on Sunday.
It was the second major operation in the city this week by the fighters, who have kept up their guerilla war on the Western-backed government in the face of US drone strikes and African peacekeeping forces.
Heavy gunfire rang out inside for about half an hour after the first blast, said witnesses. The bodies of four civilians lay in the street near the compound which was partially destroyed. A kiosk near the wall caught fire.
"At least 10 people including four militants, five civilians and a soldier died in today's attack," Hussein Ali, a police officer, told Reuters.
Ali added that at least 15 people were wounded.
The Oslo Times International News Network