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Somali forces end al Shabab siege at Mogadishu's Municipality headquarters

Sunday January 22, 2023

Mogadishu (HOL) - Somali security forces ended a battle to regain control of the Banadir administration headquarters seized by al Shabab militants on Sunday.

Police spokesman Sadiq Aden Ali Doodishe said at a press conference inside the headquarters that at least 11 people, including six attackers, were killed during the siege.  

Militants from the al-Shabab group, which said it was behind the attack, had been holed up in the rooms in the buildings.

The spokesman added that security forces shot all the attackers dead, and several people were rescued during the attack.

The mayor's office is located in the local government headquarters building in a well-guarded area of Mogadishu.

Al-Shabab has continued to carry out attacks in central and southern Somalia despite recent government troops backed by African Union forces and local militias retaking areas previously captured by the group.


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