Somalia: 9 Gunmen Killed in Court Attack

Unknown number of civilians dead in strike; al-Shabab suspected

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 14, 2013 9:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – Somalia's interior minister says that nine militants attacked Mogadishu's Supreme Court complex and that all have been killed. Abdikarim Hussein Guled said that six of the attackers detonated suicide vests and three others were shot and killed during today's assault on the court complex in the Somali capital. The attack—the most serious in Mogadishu since al-Shabab militants were forced out of the city in August 2011—lasted several hours and involved running battles with security forces. Guled said he couldn't immediately provide an overall death toll that included government officials and civilians; the BBC says that at least 20 people were killed in the strike.

Somali soldiers carry a wounded civilian from Mogadishu’s court complex after a siege by militants, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Warning: The following pictures contain images of dead civilians.
Somali soldiers carry a wounded civilian from Mogadishu’s court complex after a siege by militants, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Warning: The following pictures contain images of dead civilians.   (Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Somali soldiers stand over dead civilians lying at the entrance of Mogadishu’s court complex after being killed during a siege by militants in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sunday, April 14, 2013.
Somali soldiers stand over dead civilians lying at the entrance of Mogadishu’s court complex after being killed during a siege by militants in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sunday, April 14, 2013.   (Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali soldier stands over a wounded civilian lying at the entrance of Mogadishu’s court complex after being injured during a siege by militants in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sunday, April 14, 2013.
A Somali soldier stands over a wounded civilian lying at the entrance of Mogadishu’s court complex after being injured during a siege by militants in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sunday, April 14, 2013.   (Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Somali soldiers carry a wounded civilian at the entrance of Mogadishu’s court complex after being injured during a siege by militants in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sunday, April 14, 2013.
Somali soldiers carry a wounded civilian at the entrance of Mogadishu’s court complex after being injured during a siege by militants in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sunday, April 14, 2013.   (Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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