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Al Shabaab militants kill at least four in Somali parliament attack

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Al Qaeda-linked militants attacked Somalia's parliament on Saturday (May 24), killing at least four people in a bomb and gun assault, the Islamist group and police said. "A car bomb exploded at the gate of the parliament house - then it was followed by a suicide bomber explosion. So far we have confirmed four policemen dead," a police colonel, Farah Hussein, told Reuters. "The lawmakers and the other workers were rescued as soon as the car bomb exploded. But the terrorists are still firing from inside a mosque nearby." A Reuters witness who saw four bodies on the ground and one wounded man fleeing the scene said the fighting was ongoing. Al Shabaab, the al Qaeda-affiliated group that was pushed out of the capital about two years ago and has since waged a sustained guerrilla campaign, said it had launched the attack. "We are behind the suicide bombing, explosions and the fighting inside the so-called Somali parliament house

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