Sunday, July 12, 2020

Mogadishu attack: Seven killed in airport blasts

At least seven people have been killed in two bomb attacks near the main entrance of the airport in Mogadishu, Somali police have said.

Thick smoke could be seen rising from the area, where there is also a base for African Union (AU) peacekeepers.

Local journalists said at least one of the bombs was detonated by a suicide attacker in a vehicle near a checkpoint.

Those killed were believed to include security guards at the checkpoint.

The militant Islamist group, al-Shabab, has said it was behind the blasts and its target was the AU force’s headquarters.

The AU mission in Somalia condemned “these senseless attacks that aim to disrupt and cripple the lives of ordinary Somalis”.

Al-Shabab has carried out frequent attacks in Somalia, including in Mogadishu, in an attempt to oust the UN-backed government.

The group, which is allied to al-Qaeda, has been pushed out of most of the main towns it once controlled, but analysts say it remains a potent threat.

It has been increasing its attacks ahead of planned elections in Somalia.

Hotels have been attacked by car bombs and then armed assault teams over the past few weeks.

The large airport area in Mogadishu is a secure “green zone” for UN operations, the AU peacekeeping force and foreign embassies.

The Somali government, with the help of AU forces, is fighting al-Shabab militants in several parts of the country.

 

- Advertisement -

Stay Connected

144,011FansLike
1,872FollowersFollow
786FollowersFollow
18FollowersFollow
5,520FollowersFollow
2,902SubscribersSubscribe

SOMALI NEWS

US military kills Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist in Somalia airstrike

An American airstrike on Thursday killed at least one terrorist of the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group in Somalia, officials said.
- Advertisement -

Young Somali doctor shares her story of treating COVID-19 patients in Mogadishu hospital and falling sick herself

Hamdi Abdirahman Ahmed has spoken about her experiences as a doctor treating Coronavirus patients at a Mogadishu hospital at the start of...

Al-Shabaab destroy communication mast in Garissa

Al-Shabaab militants attacked and destroyed a communication mast in Korakora area, in Garissa County.  Locals said about 20 gunmen staged the attack...

Somalia: Spare the civilians, Red Cross and Red Crescent tell warring parties

Mogadishu (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) call on all armed...

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Mogadishu

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack of 28 December 2019 at the Ex-control...

MORE NEWS

Farmaajo should stop hiding behind election law to extend term

By PETER KAGWANJA All things being equal, more than 6 million eligible voters, half...

Somali barber in Turkey hopeful despite coronavirus setback

Amid fears over the coronavirus pandemic, people around the world have adjusted to the new normal and began taking preventive measures,...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali blasts Ilhan Omar over call to remake US

Somalia-born human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali criticized Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Friday over recent comments in which the lawmaker called for "dismantling...

Turkey’s president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque

The president of Turkey on Friday formally reconverted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship,...

Ethiopian Naval Ambitions: One of Ethopia’s long-term geopolitical objectives

Ethiopia is gradually and steadily opening up doors and minds to international relations. Testament to this was when French President Macron sealed...
- Advertisement -

FEATURED POSTS

Somali barber in Turkey hopeful despite coronavirus setback

Amid fears over the coronavirus pandemic, people around the world have adjusted to the new normal and began taking preventive measures,...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali blasts Ilhan Omar over call to remake US

Somalia-born human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali criticized Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Friday over recent comments in which the lawmaker called for "dismantling...

Ethiopian Naval Ambitions: One of Ethopia’s long-term geopolitical objectives

Ethiopia is gradually and steadily opening up doors and minds to international relations. Testament to this was when French President Macron sealed...

Israel Hawks Are Spending Big To Unseat Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar

Right-leaning pro-Israel groups are targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat and outspoken critic of the Israeli government who is one of...