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15 killed in insurgent attack on Somali UN compound

Somali government soldiers arrive to secure the United Nations compound following a suicide bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu Credit: Reuters

Fifteen people have been killed in a suicide bomb and gun attack on an office of the United Nations Development Programme in the Somali capital Mogadishu - the first major assault on the UN by Somali Islamist militants in years.

The country's interior minister told reporters: "So far we have confirmed four UNDP foreign staff who were responsible for security, four Somali guards and seven militants."