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Shebab launch major assault on Somali parliament

Somali army soldiers take cover during an attack on the national parliament in Mogadishu, on May 24, 2014Somalia’s Shebab rebels launched a brazen attack on the national parliament Saturday, setting off a car bomb and storming the building with suicide commandos, leaving at least eight dead, police and witnesses said. Security sources said the “complex attack” — involving bombs and gunmen with suicide vests — was finally brought to an end after four hours by Somali security forces and African Union troops. Witnesses said Shebab militants, the Al-Qaeda-linked group fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed but fragile government, stormed into the complex in central Mogadishu while scores of MPs were meeting inside. A huge car bomb went off outside the gates of the parliament shortly before midday, and a string of smaller blasts followed by intense gunfire were heard coming from inside.

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