Somalia: Al-Shabaab Inmates Take Over Control of Mogadishu’s Central Prison

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) –Al-Shabaab inmates have taken control of Mogadishu’s central prison following fierce fighting with security guards in which a number of people are said to have been killed, Somalia’s government officials have confirmed to media on Monday.

The fighting erupted on Monday afternoon after the inmates gained access to weapons and launched an offensive targeting prison guards.

An unspecified number of prison guards have been killed in ensuing gunfight which is still underway. Inmates are using grenades, pistols and rifles in the fierce exchange of gunfire with security forces –who are fighting to retake control of the prison.

Heavy military and police presence is being felt outside the prison which is currently under the control of Al-Shabaab inmates.

Security officials who spoke to local media on the condition of anonymity said at least 6 inmates were killed trying to escape the prison during heavy fighting.

A number of inmates are said to have escaped the central prison as fighting intensified on Monday afternoon, according to security officials.

Police officials say situation will soon be brought under control, stopping short in giving further details

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