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Farah Abdi Warsameh, Associated Press
A man runs for cover 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.

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Ten people were killed on Tuesday in an assault on a government office complex and seven attackers were also killed, according to a government spokesman.

The fatalities include eight civilians and two soldiers, said spokesman Ridwan Haji Abdiweli.

Police secured the Ministry of Higher Education office complex, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior police officer.

The attackers stormed the education ministry's offices after a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at the gate of the complex, opening the way for gunmen to enter, said Hussein.

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

Smoke could be seen rising over the compound.

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