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At least 15 dead after Al Shabaab Islamist militants storm a government compound in Somalia

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By Euronews  with Associated Press, Reuters
At least 15 dead after Al Shabaab Islamist militants storm a government compound in Somalia

<p>At least 15 people have been killed in attack by Al-Shabaab Islamist militants on a government complex in the Somali capital Mogadishu. </p> <p>The victims include soldiers and civilians. </p> <p>A car loaded with explosives was driven into the wall of the compound before gunmen stormed the building.</p> <p>The premises housed the Ministry of Higher Education. </p> <p>Al Shabaab opposes the UN-backed government and last month attacked a <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/02/two-al-shabaab-fighters-killed-after-garissa-university-massacre-kills-70/in">Univeristy Campus</a> neighbouring Kenya, whose troops are part of the African Union force in Somalia. At least 143 people were killed.</p> <p>In response Kenya has now given the UN three months to close down a camp at <a href="http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49e483a16.html">Dadaab</a> that hosts around 600,000 Somali refugees.</p> <p>Kenya has accused militants of hiding in the camp and wants it moved across the border into Somalia. </p> <p>Such is the level of fear in some parts of Kenya that students jumped from windows at this college in Nairobi after a power transformer exploded two days ago, triggering fears of another attack and causing a stampede.</p> <p>One student was killed and more than a hundred injured in the incident.</p>