(By Estera Popowska)
Nine people have been reported killed in an attack on the higher education ministry in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, BBC has reported.
Earlier, a Somali police official told AFP that the gunmen used huge explosion from a car bomb followed by heavy fighting in an ongoing attack. “A car loaded with explosives rammed the gate and there is gunfire inside the building of the ministry,” police official Mohamed Dahir said.
AFP had earlier quoted an eye witness Idil Malim as seeing several dead bodies. “There were several people lying dead at the scene,” he told AFP, although police said that with the attack continuing they could not confirm casualties.
The militant group al-Shabab has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.
Somalia has been unstable since the collapse of Siad Barre's hardline regime in 1991, and the country's new government is being supported by a 22,000-strong African Union force that includes troops from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda( Source: AFP)