Nine killed in fatal U.N. Somali attack

AFP-JIJI

Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab insurgents shot and blasted their way into the U.N. compound in Mogadishu on Wednesday, leaving nine people dead in the most serious attack on the U.N. in the country in recent years.

Three foreigners, including two South Africans in the U.N. compound, died in the attack along with a Somali U.N. worker, two Somali security guards and three civilians in the surrounding streets, officials said.

Al-Shabab fighters, who boasted about the killings of “infidels,” used a pickup truck laden with explosives and suicide attackers to blast their way into the fortified base.

Government officials said seven al-Shabab fighters took part in attack and that all either detonated suicide vests or were gunned down.