BREAKING: Al-Shabaab changes tactics, attacks residential home in Mogadishu

Source: Hiiraan Online, Tuesday February 21, 2023

Mogadishu (HOL) – The al-Qaida-linked terror group al-Shabaab carried out a suicide attack and stormed a residential house belonging to a senior military commander in Mogadishu’s Abdiaziz district on Tuesday.

Security forces are currently engaged in a firefight with the militants inside the house, which also houses Ma’awisley militiamen who were recently injured in the ongoing offensive against al-Shabaab in the Hiiraan region.

Police have not released any details on the number of casualties. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This is the first time the group has stormed a residential house, as it was previously known for staging attacks on hotels and government offices.

Last month, the militants attacked the compound that housed the Mogadishu mayor’s office and other local government facilities in Mogadishu, killing five civilians and injuring four others.

The latest incident comes as the Somali government continues its military operations in several regions to dislodge al-Shabaab from towns and villages.

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