Imagine watching a television news program and watching a band of Muslim terrorists attacking Capitol Hill in Washington,D.C. That's what occurred on Saturday in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu: Muslim terrorists from the murderous al-Qaida-linked Al Shabaab attacked Somalia's parliament killing 10 people and wounding dozens of others, according to Neal Shoreman, a former police unit commander specializing in Islamic terrorism.
"Just when the Somali government is telling their people that Al Shabaab is on the run, the terrorist group launches a grand scheme to attack the heart of Somalia's legislation," Shoreman told the Examiner.
"Sounds like [President Barack] Obama when he told Americans that al-Qaida was on the decline and then seeing jihadist attacks throughout the world even in Boston [during a marathon]," he added.
Somali police officers were joined by African Union troops as they engaged the attackers on Saturday. AU troops, which includes special forces from Kenya, have attempted for years to rid Somalia of the Islamists who are deeply entrenched in that poorly run nation's society, according to reports.
The Somali government continues to claim that Al Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaida, once controlled large areas of Somalia but was pushed out of major cities in 2011 and 2012. However, it still possesses the ability to mount large scale attacks including attacks against the United Nations recognized parliament.
Bombings followed by blazing gunfire
The attack on Somalia's parliament building began with a car bomb exploding outside the gates followed by more blasts and bursts of gunfire.
The terrorists then stormed the front of the parliament building as security officers returned fire. During the battle about four police officers and several terrorists were reported killed. In addition, two members of parliament were reportedly wounded during the gun battle as they were escorted from the parliament.
Al-Shabaab told the AFP news agency that "the so-called Somali parliament is a military zone. Our fighters are there to carry out a holy operation."