Al-Shabaab inmates on Monday engaged in a gunfight with prison guards.
It’s not yet clear how the inmates obtained weapons but VOA reports that shots were heard inside the central prison in Mogadishu.
Some security sources, however, said the inmates seized weapons and fought with prison guards.
The detainees are believed to be members of al-Shabaab in the central jail.
“It is not yet clear how many prisoners were involved in the attack on the prison guards. Security forces are still conducting operations in the jail,” VOA said.
There are reports of casualties but the number has not been established