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9 dead in attack on Somali interior ministry

Somali security force personnel walk among debris at the site of a car bomb explosion near the building of the Interior Ministry in Mogadishu on 7 July 7 2018 WATCH: All attackers dead as Somali ministry siege ends
Deanna Wagner | 09 July, 2018, 15:53

He said they had killed over 20 interior and security ministries' workers and security personnel who were guarding the building.

"There were two blasts targeting the internal security compound near parliament", said Ibrahim Mohamed, a police commander, adding gunfire was continuing after the initial explosion.

Destroyed vehicles are seen at the scene of a suicide auto bombing near Somalia's presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia on July 7, 2018.

At least nine people, including three al-Shabaab attackers, were killed when twin bomb blasts targeted the Interior Ministry building in Mogadishu on Saturday.

Dozens of people trapped in the building during the battle were rescued during the operation, while others escaped by leaping from the windows.

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The morning attack began when a suicide vehicle bomber detonated at the gates of the interior ministry compound, which is close to the presidential palace and parliament headquarters and also holds the security ministry, police Capt. Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press.

The minister declined to say how many people were killed in the attacks.

The ongoing threat from what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in sub-Saharan Africa has hurt efforts to strengthen Somalia's fragile government and stabilize the long-chaotic Horn of Africa nation.

"In the first phase, we carried 13 injured people from near the two blast scenes", Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of the Amin Ambulance emergency service, told Reuters on Saturday.

The al-Qaida linked al-Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for the latest attack in the capital Mogadishu.