10 killed in Somali terror attack

Ten people have been killed in an assault on a government office complex in the Somali capital and seven attackers were also killed, according to a government spokesman.


Soldiers study the wreckage of a car bombing at the gates of a government office complex in the Somali capital. (AP)

Eight civilians and two soldiers were killed in the attack in Mogadishu, said spokesman Ridwan Haji Abdiweli.

Police secured the Ministry of Higher Education office complex, said police spokesman Captain Mohamed Hussein.

The attackers stormed the education ministry’s offices after a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at the gate of the complex, opening the way for gunmen to enter, said Capt Hussein.

The assault on the walled compound, which also houses other government ministries, is the latest attack by suspected Islamic extremists of al-Shabab, who are maintaining a series of attacks in the capital on government targets and the African Union forces who are supporting the government.

Smoke could be seen rising over the compound.

Security forces rushed to the scene and ambulances ferried wounded victims to hospital.

This was not the first al-Shabab attack on the government’s education ministry. A suicide car bomber detonated a truck at the offices in 2011, killing at least 70 people, mostly students applying for scholarships to study in Turkey.

Al-Shabab often accuses the ministry of westernising Somalia’s education system.