11 Killed in Gun Battle in Mogadishu Prison

  • It is alleged that all the six inmates involved in the fight were eliminated.
  • The prison is the second largest in the country and it holds al-Shabaab inmates including those accused of terrorism, facing death sentences and life imprisonment.
  • Al-Shabaab, is an active Islamic militant group in the country that has waged war for decades.

At least 11 people were killed and several others wounded in a gun battle in a prison in Mogadishu, Somalia after an attempted prison break. According to officials, the dead included security forces and al-Shabaab inmates. The fight between the inmates and security personnel ensued after al-Shabaab inmates received weapons secretly.

Mogadishu locally known as Xamar or Hamar, is the capital and most populous city of Somalia. Located in the coastal Banadir region on the Somali Sea, the city has served as an important port for millennia.

It is alleged that all the six inmates involved in the fight were eliminated. Investigation into the incident is currently ongoing and the acting Justice Minister Hassan Husein Haji said that no stone will be left unturned in finding out the truth. The minister added that no inmate managed to escape.

The prison is the second largest in the country, and it holds al-Shabaab inmates, including those accused of terrorism, facing death sentences and life imprisonment. Attempted prison breaks have occurred in the country a number of times.

In 2019, three prisoners were said to escape from Mogadishu central prison. Officials had said that the inmates were militants who were serving long terms for the crimes they had committed. The escape prompted a man hunt for the escapees. In 2017, prisoners had also tried to escape from a prison in the country

Al-Shabaab, is an active Islamic militant group in the country that has waged war for decades. Its main aim is to overthrow the internationally-backed government and establish an Islamic oriented government. Currently, al-Shabaab controls parts of central and southern Somalia, and has always targeted the capital with lots of suicide bombs.

The group was pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011 by African troops and the government. It lost all its strongholds, but despite this, it has continued to carry out attacks that have claimed dozens of lives. The numerous deadly attacks often target the security personnel and government officials. The current government, through the help of African Union Forces, has been struggling to fight the militants.

Al-Shabaab is a jihadist fundamentalist group based in East Africa. In 2012, it pledged allegiance to the militant Islamist organization Al-Qaeda.

Al-Shabaab has continued to terrorize the country over the years with their numerous attacks. Three days ago, eight soldiers were killed and several others wounded in a car bomb explosion at a military base in Mogadishu, an attack that was claimed by al-Shabaab.

A few days earlier, three people were killed by a suicide bomber at a popular restaurant in Mogadishu. Earlier in the month, the government, through a statement, revealed that eight young aid workers were kidnapped and killed as it condemned the execution.

In January this year, four people were killed in an attack that targeted Turkish engineers who were working on a road in Mogadishu. The militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

In February, 18 people, who included eight soldiers and ten al-Shabaab fighters were killed after the militant group attacked the African Union peacekeeping troops and the Somalia National Amy bases, In 2019, at least 78 people were killed and more than 100 people were injured in a car bomb explosion in Mogadishu.

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Juliet Norah

I am a freelance journalist is passionate about news. I derive pleasure in informing people about the happenings in the world

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