Deadly explosions hit near airport outside the African Union (AU) peacekeeping base in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu

July 26, 2016 12:00 pm
Two deadly explosions have rocked an area outside the African Union (AU) peacekeeping base in ’s capital, .
According
to Somali police, a bomber fist set off an explosives-laden car at the
entrance of the AU base near the international airport in Mogadishu on
Tuesday morning.
A second bomber then tried to storm the base, but he was shot and detonated, the officers added.
The
al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab terror group has claimed responsibility
for the attack, saying 12 people were killed in the assault.
Local media said there were nine UN peacekeepers and three AU soldiers among the victims.
“AU
forces sealed the area. There were many Somalis outside the gate and
there were AU forces at the gate,” said police officer Major Nur Osman.
Witnesses at the scene heard gunfire after the two explosions.
Police later said over a dozen people have been killed in the attacks.

“At
least 13 people were confirmed to have died in two explosions, one of
the vehicles went off near a security checkpoint and another close to a
UN compound,” said Bishaar Abdi Gedi, a police official, adding, “The
security forces have managed to intercept the attackers and foiled the
attacks.” 

In a Twitter post, the African Union
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) condemned the “senseless attacks that aim to
disrupt and cripple the lives of ordinary Somalis.”

This
file photo shows African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) officers
patrolling around the Gashandhiga academy compound in Mogadishu. ©AFPIn
2011, al-Shabab was pushed out of Mogadishu and other major cities by
government troops and AMISOM forces, which are largely made up of troops
from Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Sierra Leone and Kenya.
However,
the Takfiri terror group still carries out attacks in Mogadishu and
elsewhere in the country in recent years as they continue their campaign
to topple the government.
Earlier this month, the militants killed at least 10 soldiers in a bomb attack against a military base south of Mogadishu.
On
July 10, more than 100 al-Shabab terrorists raided a police station in
northeast Kenya overnight, wounding one officer and making off with arms
and ammunition.

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