Somali suicide attacks kill 35

by Staff

Militants armed with weapons and explosives entered a court building in Mogadishu on Sunday and proceeded to carry out attacks resulting in the death of 35 people, including the nine attackers, according to the Montreal Gazette.

Reports from CNN state the attack was orchestrated by Islamist militant group, al-Shabaab, which took responsibility for the attack on Twitter. Group members entered the building while court was in session and began firing their weapons and setting
off explosives.

This attack by al-Shabaab was one of the worst in the country since 2011. The group, which still controls rural areas of the country, took hostages and fought with security forces and Ugandan troops in the building.  More than 100 people in the court building escaped safely.

According to BBC, all nine  militants were killed, six of them wearing detonated suicide vests.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has condemned the attacks.

“We are moving forward, but the enemy of Somalia, the enemy of all mankind, will attempt to set us back and try to prevent us from prospering, “ Mohamud said, according to CNN.