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Mogadishu Mayor’s Office In Somalia’s Capital Blast Kills 5

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Mogadishu Mayor's Office In Somalia’s Capital Blast Kills 5

(CTN NEWS) – MOGADISHU, Somalia –  Al-more Shabab than the five-hour siege of the Mogadishu mayor’s office and other local government buildings has been halted by Somali government forces.

According to the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, security forces killed six al-Shabab fighters responsible for the attack on Sunday.

The statement also said that there were four injuries and five civilian deaths. According to the Somali authorities, the al-Shabab militants entered the compound on foot while posing as government soldiers.

An explosion signaled the beginning of the attack before the assailants stormed the structure.

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Deputy Mayor Isse Gure reported that an explosion “struck the back gate facing Hamarweyne (area) at about 12 noon.”

Except for Mayor Yusuf Hussein Jimale, all top local government officials, according to Gure, were present when the incident occurred. Jimale is presently traveling abroad. Gure added that soldiers were vigilant and reduced casualties.

Gure claimed that security troops saved staff members and authorities. He verified that one of the five dead people was a local government special needs employee.

Al-Shabab claimed credit for the attack using the messaging service Telegram. Typically, the intricate operations carried out by Al-Shabab start with an explosion before suicide bombers storm the target.

The term “deviants” used by the government to describe al-Shabab militants is “khawarij.”

The group made a statement in which it claimed the killing of 34 persons, including officers, soldiers, and employees of government agencies. The assertion has not undergone independent verification.

Somali policemen prepare to take their positions near the mayor’s office following a blast in Mogadishu, Somalia January 22, 2023. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Eyewitness Testimony

Abdiaziz Ahmed Barrow, a stringer for VOA Somali, stated, “I was in Hamarweyne when the explosion happened, not that far from where the explosion took place.

People, according to him, were getting ready for midday prayers at the time.

He claimed, “We heard a great explosion, a tremendous one that shocked the population. “I observed individuals escaping the scene; ambulances arrived. Security personnel have arrived and have started firing.

According to Barrow, people began to flee when the situation rapidly changed.

Some of the people he said were “my buddies” and “people I know” who were hurt in the incident. “I saw some folks fleeing with blood on them.”

A man takes items from his destroyed shop after a suicide bomber detonated outside the Banadir regional administration in Mogadishu, Sunday, Jan.22, 2023.(AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

A female suicide bomber who targeted the mayor’s office on July 24, 2019, fatally wounded the previous mayor, Abdirahman Omar Osman.

The most recent occurrence occurs as military operations by the Somali government to drive al-Shabab out of towns and communities continue in many areas.

In a new multi-front offensive in the country’s southern portion, Jubaland state officials in Somalia said on Saturday that forces had liberated the town of Jana Cabdalle, 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of Kismayo.

In the recently taken town of Galcad in Galmudug state, al-Shabab stormed a military outpost belonging to the Somali government the day before.

While the Somali government recognized that seven soldiers were killed, Al-Shabab claimed that 159 soldiers had died.

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One of them was Major Hassan Osman Mohamed, also known as Hassan Tuure, a commander in the American-trained Danab (lightning) forces.

30 al-Shabab fighters were reportedly killed on January 20 in a “collective self-defense strike” against al-Shabab in Galcad, according to the U.S. military.

Al-assault Shababs against the forces of the Somali government in Galcad, according to the U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, prompted the operation.

According to the Somali government, Al-“barbaric” Shabab’s attack on Sunday is another evidence that the militants must be driven out of the nation.

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