Gunmen Storm Somali Court
Blasts heard as militants force their way in; al-Shabab suspected
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 14, 2013 5:40 AM CDT
In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, al-Shabab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia.   (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor, File)

(Newser) – Witnesses in Somalia say that gunmen stormed the capital's main court complex, firing guns and detonating two blasts. One man, who was near the court when the attack happened this morning, said that armed men forced their way inside and immediately set off an explosion. A government spokesman confirmed the attack and said security forces had responded and were battling the militants. Police say there are several fatalities.

An AP reporter at the scene reported hearing a second explosion and said gunmen were on top of a court building, firing their weapons. No casualty toll was immediately available because the fighting was ongoing. Most militant attacks in Mogadishu are blamed on fighters for al-Shabab, the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic extremist rebel group in Somalia.

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Apr 14, 2013 11:36 PM CDT
Suggested zoo keepes could be Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
Apr 14, 2013 11:35 PM CDT
Somalia like Haiti are like zoos without keepers.
Apr 14, 2013 7:51 PM CDT
Somalia is a shit hole much like Haiti. Someone should drop a nuke on them both and blow them off the earth.