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article image15 dead after UN office attacked in Mogadishu

By Sami Zaatari     Jun 19, 2013 in World
Mogadishu - At least 15 people were killed when militants belonging to Al-Shabab attacked a UN office in the capital of Somalia. According to witnesses, the gun battle lasted for an hour.
At least four of those killed in the attack were foreigners according to the country's interior minister.
The attack began when a suicide car bomber detonated outside the UN's Development Programme office, the bombing was then followed by armed attackers who entered the building that led to a gun battle with armed security guards. At least seven of the attackers were killed during the gun battle.
The compound was eventually secured after Somali soldiers, backed by African Union Forces, stormed the area and killed the attacking militants.
Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid made the following statement concerning the attack:
Somali and Amisom security forces responded immediately to the situation after the initial explosion and have brought the situation under control. Sadly we must wait to hear the full details and confirmation of any casualties. All our thoughts and prayers are with our UN colleagues today. But al-Shabab will not derail the peace process. They will not stop our recovery. Violence will not win.
The capital of Mogadishu has largely been stabilised ever since Al-Shabab militants were forced out of the city by a joint Somali-African peacekeeping force back in the summer of 2011.
While the group was defeated in Mogadishu, it still remains as a deadly presence in the country, controlling much of it's rural areas, and still able to muster up attacks against the capital city. In April of this year, Al-Shabab militants launched a coordinated assault on the city which included an attack on the capital's main court building leaving several dead.
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