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Somalia's police say government offices are under attack in capital, hostages taken

  • People assist a woman who was wounded when a car bomb detonated at the gates of a government office complex in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, April 14, 2015. A number of people were killed on Tuesday when attackers stormed the ministry of higher education after a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at the gate of the office complex, opening the way for gunmen to enter, according to a senior police officer. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    People assist a woman who was wounded when a car bomb detonated at the gates of a government office complex in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, April 14, 2015. A number of people were killed on Tuesday when attackers stormed the ministry of higher education after a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at the gate of the office complex, opening the way for gunmen to enter, according to a senior police officer. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Soldiers stand near the wreckage of a car bomb that was detonated at the gates of a government office complex in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, April 14, 2015. A number of people were killed on Tuesday when attackers stormed the ministry of higher education after a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at the gate of the office complex, opening the way for gunmen to enter, according to a senior police officer. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Soldiers stand near the wreckage of a car bomb that was detonated at the gates of a government office complex in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, April 14, 2015. A number of people were killed on Tuesday when attackers stormed the ministry of higher education after a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at the gate of the office complex, opening the way for gunmen to enter, according to a senior police officer. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Somali soldier runs during fighting following a car bomb that was detonated at the gates of a government office complex in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, April 14, 2015. A number of people were killed on Tuesday when attackers stormed the ministry of higher education after a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at the gate of the office complex, opening the way for gunmen to enter, according to a senior police officer. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    A Somali soldier runs during fighting following a car bomb that was detonated at the gates of a government office complex in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, April 14, 2015. A number of people were killed on Tuesday when attackers stormed the ministry of higher education after a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at the gate of the office complex, opening the way for gunmen to enter, according to a senior police officer. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

Somalia's police say a government office complex is under attack and some hostages have been seized.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior police officer, says the attackers stormed the ministry of higher education after a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at the gate of the office complex, opening the way for gunmen to enter.

Hussein said the gunmen have taken hostage some of the ministry's employees.

The assault on the walled compound which also houses other government ministries is the latest attack by suspected Islamic extremists of al-Shabab who attack government targets and the African Union forces who are supporting the government.

Smoke could be seen rising over the compound and gunfire was heard from inside.

Security forces rushed to the scene and ambulances ferried wounded victims to hospitals.