An Al-Shabaab military operation spokesman, Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Misab, claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted the gate of Somalia’s Criminal Investigative Police Division (CID), Somali police said. The blasts were followed by heavy gunfire, as police shot and killed attackers who tried to enter the building.
Five Al-Shabaab fighters died, said Somali Captain Hassan Abdulkadir. Police shot three, and two others died in the car bombings.
Somali forces cordoned off the area of the blasts, while ambulances transferred wounded to a nearby hospitals for medical treatment, Mohamed said.
Al-Shabaab is working to create a fundamentalist Islamic state and is targeting Somalia. It is al Qaeda’s proxy in Somalia, is designated by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organization and has been blamed for attacks in Somalia and neighboring countries on international peacekeepers, aid workers and journalists.
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