Bomber and gunmen attack UN compound in Somalia

A suicide bomber and several gunmen have attacked an office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Somali capital Mogadishu, a senior police officer and a witness said.

"A suicide bomber blew himself up at the gate of the UNDP and then several armed fighters went in and opened fire inside," Abdikadir Mohamed, a senior police official told Reuters.

The UNDP compound is several hundred metres from the city's fortified airport that serves as the main base for an African peacekeeping force battling Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa country.

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