Two huge blasts hit Somali parliament compound

Thirteen people, mostly soldiers, have been killed in attack on parliament HQ

Two huge blasts hit Somali parliament compound

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thirteen people, mostly soldiers, were killed on Saturday in an attack on the parliament headquarters in central Mogadishu.

"The armed attack left 13 people dead, most of them are soldiers," a medical source told Anadolu Agency.

A Somali lawmaker was injured in the attack, medical and parliamentary sources said.

The gunmen stormed the building shortly after a booby-trapped car exploded outside the headquarters as 154 lawmakers were meeting inside the building.

"The session was suspended and all MPs were helped to exit safely," a government source said.

Saturday's attack was claimed by the militant Al-Shabaab movement.

Last month, the Al-Qaeda-linked group had claimed responsibility for the assassination of two lawmakers.

Somalia, a long-troubled Horn of Africa country, has been in the grip of political violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

The battered country had appeared to inch closer to stability with the recent installation of a new government and the intervention of African Union troops – led by Kenya - tasked with combatting Al-Shabaab.

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