Suicide Attackers Storm U.N. Compound in Somalia

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
At least 16 people are killed when gunman blast through the gates of a United Nations compound in the east African country of Somalia.

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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Officials say at least 16 people are dead -- including seven gunmen with links to al-Qaida -- after an attack at the U.N. compound in the capital of Somalia.
They say the nine victims of the attack include three foreigners.
The attackers, from the militant al-Shabab group, detonated a pickup truck rigged with explosives at the gate of the compound, launching an assault with explosives and gunfire. Militants then poured into the complex.
The seven attackers were from what the militant group calls its martyrdom brigade. They all died in the assault.
AL-Shabab reported shortly after the attack that its fighters were "in control of the entire compound."
But African Union and Somalia security forces responded, and took control of the compound an hour later.
A spokeswoman for a South African company says two South Africans who were doing de-mining work for the U.N. died in the attack. A U.N. official says he believes two U.N. personnel from Kenya and Somalia were also killed.
Other U.N. workers were able to take refuge in the compound's secure bunker. They were then evacuated to a secure military base and airport complex across the street.


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