Somalia prison: Deadly shootout after al-Shabab militants attempt escape
Somalia prison shoot out tuned deadly, The number of people killed in a shootout between jailed militant Islamists and security officers at a prison in Somalia has risen to at least 20, officials say.
The al-Shabab militants had attempted to escape from the heavily guarded prison in the capital, Mogadishu.
An investigation is underway into how the militants obtained weapons.
Some reports suggested that an inmate managed to disarm a warden and then a group of them raided the armory.
There was heavy shooting inside the prison where some inmates managed to get hold of firearms and started shooting the guards,” security officer Abdi Dhere told the AFP news agency.
“It is not clear how the prisoners ended up having access to guns.”
Another security source said one of the prisoners snatched a rifle from a guard.
Two prison guards were killed in the attack, General Mahad Abdirahman Aden, the country’s prison chief, told national TV.