NOT less than 10 people have been killed in an assault on Somalia’s Education Ministry in Mogadishu.
The attackers stormed the ministry on Tuesday, after a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at the gate of the office complex, opening the way for gunmen to enter, police said.
The ministry, located in K5 district of Mogadishu, is adjacent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has been has been hit by a string of similar attacks in recent months.
Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, an al-Shabab spokesperson, confirmed that the armed group was behind the attack.
Gun battles between African Union forces and fighters erupted as several gunmen were holed up inside the building.
Al-Shabab continues to wage a deadly campaign against Somalia’s government and remains a threat in Somalia and the East African region.
The group carried out its deadliest attack yet earlier this month, when its fighters massacred 148 people in a day-long siege of a university in Kenya’s northeastern town of Garissa.