A vehicle bomb blast rocked the Shangani district of Mogadishu targeting a building housing the ministries of Labour and of General Works, Reconstruction and Housing as well as the Headquarters of Mogadishu regional police.
Gunmen set off a suicide auto bomb and then stormed a government building in Somalia's capital Saturday, killing at least five people including the country's deputy labor minister, police said.
Somali militant group al-Shabab has launched yet another complex attack in the capital, Mogadishu, witnesses and officials say.
Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the minister, Saqar Ibrahim Abdalla, was killed in his ground-floor office shortly after gunmen stormed the building in Mogadishu. The armed group Al Shabab has claimed responsibility.
Eleven people were injured, Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Amin Ambulance Service said, adding some were still trapped inside the building and that it was not possible to rescue them because of an ongoing gun battle.
Gunfire has been heard at the building housing the two ministries.
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Earlier this month, at least 20 people died in an attack in Mogadishu which saw Shabaab militants battling security forces for almost 24 hours.
A similar attack targeting a busy area in Mogadishu at the end of February killed at least 24 people.
A general view shows the scene of a suicide explosion after Al Shabab militants stormed a government building in Mogadishu, Somalia March 23, 2019.
Al-Shabab continues to mount lethal attacks despite being pushed out of Mogadishu.
But it remains a threat, with its fighters frequently carrying out bombings in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, whose troops form part of the African Union mandated peacekeeping force AMISOM that helps defend Somalia's central government.
Al Shabab, Africa's most active militant group, has been fighting for years to oust the Western-backed Somali government. Some reports have put the number of dead at 15.