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At least 11 dead in Islamist attack in Somalia

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 00:34

Islamist rebel attacks in Somalia's capital leave at least 11 people dead. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Islamist rebels blew up a car bomb and gunmen attacked a national-intelligence site in Somalia's capital where suspected militants are held, in an assault on Sunday that left at least 11 people dead, government officials and the rebel group said. Three soldiers and one civilian were killed along with seven militants, including the suicide bomber who detonated the vehicle packed with explosives, Security Ministry spokesman Mohamed Yusuf told reporters at the site. After the initial blast, gunmen stormed the compound but did not reach the underground cells where suspected militants were being detained, Yusuf said. One intelligence officer told Reuters the gunmen had entered one building, forcing security personnel to fight room-to-room to clear them out. One eyewitness said he saw people on the ground after the fighting. Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's spokesman for military operations, told Reuters the group was behind the attack, the latest in a series of raids in Mogadishu in recent months, including a July assault on the presidential compound. Al Shabaab, which wants to impose its own strict version of Islam, controlled Mogadishu and the southern region of Somalia from 2006 to 2011. It was driven out of the capital by peacekeeping forces deployed by the African Union. African forces launched a new offensive this year to drive the Islamists out of towns and other areas they still control. Several centers have been retaken, but al Shabaab remains in control of some towns and swathes of countryside.

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At least 11 dead in Islamist attack in Somalia

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 00:34