Five people were murdered when extremists with ties to al-Qaida assaulted a regional government office in the capital of Somalia on Sunday, according to the administration.
Abdulkadir Adan, the founder of an organization that provides free ambulance services in Somalia, notes that his crew evacuated 16 injured persons from the area.
The terrorist organization al-Shabab took credit for the attack on the Banadir Regional Administration’s Mogadishu headquarters.
An employee at the headquarters said that the incident started with a suicide bombing before gunmen entered and engaged security personnel in firefight. Most of the employees, according to Mustafa Abdulle, were saved by security personnel.
Attacks by Al-Shabab happen often in Mogadishu. The federal government declared “total war” on the extremist organization last year and has since retaken a number of the villages in central and southern Somalia that the fighters had previously held.