31 August 2014

Somalia: Ten Killed in Al Shabaab Attack On Somali Intelligence Headquarters

Photo: Dalsan Radio
Distant image of an attack by Al Shabaab on Ex Godka Jilicow prison.

Alshabaab attacked Ex Godka Jilicow prison where many prisoners are in. Fighting and explosions ensued between Alshabaab and the Government troops. AMISOM joined the fighting.

According to officials car bomb explosion followed by a fierce exchange of gunfire has killed at least ten people including seven Al Shabaab fighters and two security forces and one civilian.

38 Alshabaab members sentenced to death were among the prison inmates there. Apart from those Alshabaab members, there are other inmates such as the directors of SKY FM and Radio Shabelle. At least, 6 heavy explosions took off. Now, thick dark smoke can be seen above the area. All the roads leading to the area were blocked and astray bullets are falling into far distance neighbourhoods. It is not clear why Alshabaab decided to attack the prison but sources say they were trying to free their fellow Alshabaab members who were sentenced to death and were only waiting to be executed.

Dusty seems to be gradually settling than how the attack started earlier on. No further details emerged regarding the casualty figures.

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