Somali security forces end al-Shabaab siege killing 10

Soma­li secu­ri­ty forces have end­ed a siege by mil­i­tants al-Shabaab that left 10 dead and three wound­ed at a pri­vate house in the cap­i­tal Mogadishu.

The Min­istry of Infor­ma­tion said late Tues­day that fight­ers linked to Al Qae­da had car­ried out an unusu­al sui­cide attack on a pri­vate home. Al-Shabaab often tar­gets hotels and gov­ern­ment buildings.

Al-Shabaab claimed that the homes of senior army offi­cials includ­ed mem­bers of the Mak­wis­ley mili­tia who were wound­ed in an offen­sive against mil­i­tants that began last year. Al-Shabaab’s state­ment was deliv­ered by Andalus, the radio arm of the group.

The offen­sive recap­tured dozens of com­mu­ni­ties in cen­tral Soma­lia from al-Shabaab, prompt­ing mil­i­tants to mount retal­ia­to­ry attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere.

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