Battle in Somali capital ends, 29 dead

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Published on March 2, 2019 - Duration: 01:01s

Battle in Somali capital ends, 29 dead

At least 36 were killed and another 60 wounded in a deadly car bomb attack in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Thursday (February 28) evening, officials said on Friday (March 1).

Sarah Charlton reports


Battle in Somali capital ends, 29 dead

Somali forces shot dead three Islamist militants holed up in a central Mogadishu building on Friday, bringing a day-long battle finally to an end.

Gunfire and bombs killed dozens.

Somali police say scores are injured, and fear the death toll will rise.

Al Shabaab fighters - seeking to overthrow the Western-backed government - launched the assault on Thursday night with a suicide car bomb outside a hotel.

It ignited a huge blaze that left people wounded in the rubble.

The militants then fled to a nearby building and open-fired on security forces sent to flush them out.

It was the longest time militants had held a position in Mogadishu since Somali troops, backed by African Union peacekeepers, forced them from the city in 2011.

Somalia has been in the clutches of lawlessness and violence since 1991.

A further layer of chaos added in 2015, when a splinter group of former al Shabaab insurgents, who pledged allegience to Islamic State, formed in the north.

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