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​Somali militants assault parliament in elaborate raid

Published time: May 24, 2014 10:36
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Somali soldiers stage a protest in front of the parliament building in Mogadishu on February 8, 2014. (AFP Photo / Mohamed Abdiwhab)

ARCHIVE PHOTO: Somali soldiers stage a protest in front of the parliament building in Mogadishu on February 8, 2014. (AFP Photo / Mohamed Abdiwhab)

Militants attacked the parliamentary building in Mogadishu while MP’s were holding a meeting, in an elaborate attack involving two suicide bombers and at least six gunmen.

Two suicide bombers, one driving a car and another who tried to enter the parliament on foot, triggered explosive devices near the building in the Saturday raid, local police reported. A firefight followed, in which six militants were killed by the guards.

One Somali soldier was killed in the attack as he tried to stop the vest-wearing bomber from getting inside.

Police believe that the attackers were members of the Al-Shabab fundamentalist Islamist movement, which has been fighting against the East-African country’s weak government for years. Back in 2011 they were pushed out of the capital.

The Islamists have previously staged several attacks on the parliament building, including in 2009 and 2010. They also attacked individual MPs, with the latest two successful assassinations reported last month.

In February, Al-Shabab attacked the presidential palace in Mogadishu in a raid, which left at least 16 people dead.

Comments (17)


Darcy Freeman 06.07.2014 20:28

23 yrs.
How about they make it mandatory that one Civilian automobile be allowed in there city limits at certain hours of the day. Trucks and Vans only in the morning for business. (8am to 8pm that same one car, same one car owned by all Somalian's would help unify them. Make it a very small car.) (Trucks and Vans 4am to 7am to come into the city, and 9pm to 10pm to leave the city and allowed to move thru the city)


Matt Janovic 24.05.2014 17:59

The West has wiped out the left and the the liberals in the Muslim world. Regrettably, the only murderously honest people left are the Islamists. That's why they tend to win elections.


Saed Moumin 24.05.2014 17:11

Unbelievable, South Somalia is eating ALIVE by corruption and greed and dead from everywhere. Both
Al-Shabaab and federal government high members are economical greedy people.

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