9 dead in attack on Somali interior ministry

Police say at least nine people are dead and more than 10 wounded in an ongoing extremist attack on Somalia’s interior ministry.

Col. Ahmed Mohamed says the death toll could rise as security forces continue to battle several gunmen holed up inside. A number of people, mostly government workers, are said to be trapped in the ministry on what had been a normal business day.

The al-Shabab extremist group, an arm of al-Qaida, has claimed responsibility for the attack in Mogadishu that police say began with a suicide car bombing at the gate of the ministry.

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