Somali Islamists attack regional headquarters in central city: police

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 5:13 AM

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's al Shabaab Islamists detonated a car bomb outside a regional government headquarters on Thursday in the central city of Baidoa and fought their way inside the compound, police and the militants said.

"First, a car bomb exploded at the southwest palace gate and then armed fighters went in," Captain Ali Ahmed, a police officer, told Reuters from Baidoa. Islamist militants confirmed they were behind the attack.

Ahmed said fighting was continuing inside although he said the regional president Sharif Hassan had escaped.

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(Reporting by Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar; Writing Edith Honan; Editing by Edmund Blair)