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Multiple attacks kill five people and wounds 16 others in Mogadishu, Somalia
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Multiple attacks kill five people and wounds 16 others in Mogadishu, Somalia

At least five people were killed and 16 others wounded in Somalia's capital Mogadishu in multiple fronts attacks in several districts last night.

The explosions rocked Somalia's capital Mogadishu with heavy gunfire in Kahda police station and Daresalam neighbourhood.

The militants also managed to escape with a police vehicle from the police station after the attack according to residents.

Armed group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack on Tuesday night.

Confirming the attacks Somali Police spokesman, Abdifatah Aden told journalists police have launched an operation to nab the militants.

''Several people including officers, civilians and two children have died in the attacks. Our teams are on the ground pursuing the militants behind it but we urge for support from residents,” said Abdifatah.

Security in the capital has been heightened amidst a series of suspected attacks.

The latest incident comes barely a week after a suicide bomber targeting a minibus full of delegates involved in Somalia's parliamentary elections killed at least six people in Mogadishu.

Al-Shabab frequently carries out bombings and gun assaults in Mogadishu and elsewhere in Somalia, and has been fighting the weak central government for more than a decade.

The al-Qaeda-linked fighters were driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 after an offensive by an African Union force, but they still control vast swaths of rural Somalia, from where they launch regular attacks.

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