Thursday 29 September 2016

Four killed as extremists attack Somalia police headquarters

Published 09/05/2016 | 11:01

A Somali soldier stands near a destroyed building outside the police traffic station in Mogadishu (AP)
A Somali soldier stands near a destroyed building outside the police traffic station in Mogadishu (AP)

A suicide car bomber has struck the entrance of Somalia's traffic police headquarters in the capital, killing four people and injuring nine others.

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Two police officers were among the dead and two armed extremists who tried to storm the traffic police premises in Mogadishu's Abdiaziz district were also shot dead, said Captain Mohamed Hassan.

Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack, which shattered a period of calm in the seaside city.

Despite being pushed out of Somalia's major cities and towns, al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida, continues to carry out deadly attacks across the country.

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