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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Somali Militants Attack Intelligence Base

(Medeshi)- Shebab militants carried out a major attack Sunday against a military intelligence base in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, detonating a car bomb before attempting to run inside the place, security officials said.




Shebab militants carried out a major attack Sunday against a military intelligence base in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, detonating a car bomb before attempting to run inside the place, security officials said.

Somalia’s interior ministry said the three members of the group were all taken out in the surprise attack, and that the forces who fought to stop them did not suffer any casualties. “There was an attack against a base belonging to the security forces. The violent elements used a car bomb to get inside the compound. There was a heavy exchange of gunfire,” said Adan Mohamed, a Somali security official.

Witnesses that watched the action unfold near the base, which belongs to the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), reported a loud explosion and heavy gunfire. “There was a heavy explosion and in seconds heavy gunfire broke out. We cannot go outside the house because of the shooting,” said Abdulahi Yare, a resident who lives near the intelligence base.

In a short statement, the agency said the attack did not go the way the attackers wanted and that it had failed. “The attack was successfully thwarted by our forces. None of our buildings nor bases were entered,” it said.
- Gazette Review