At least 15 people have been killed in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu after al-Shabaab fighters, battling the pro-Western regime attacked a United Nations compound.
The incident took place on Wednesday after a bomber blew himself up at the gate of the UNDP [United Nations Development Programme] office. Armed men then went inside the office and opened fire on security guards, Reuters reported.
Local al-Shabab fighters have claimed responsibility for the attack.
A senior al-Shabaab official said, “Our commandos have attacked the UN compound… we set off an explosion and have entered the compound, where we are fighting with the infidel forces.”
Al-Shabaab intelligence officials also said that foreigners, including British, Kenyan and South African nationals are among the casualties.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is currently in China for talks with the country’s leaders, was “shocked” at the news of the attack, his spokesman said.
One UN official said some Western nations that have been keen to support the Western-leaning government elected last year had played down dangers posed by al Shabaab and its ability to infiltrate the security forces and attack the capital.
Somalia has not had an effective central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
Source: X News 7 and agencies