Somalia’s militant Islamist group Al-Shabab carried out twin explosions in the capital, Mogadishu, this morning, killing at least thirteen people.
Among those killed in the suicide bombing in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu are seven UN guards, police Captain Mohamed Hussein has said, the Associated Press news agency reports.
According to the militants, the target was the headquarters of African Union (AU) troops stationed not far from the main airport. After the twin explosions, gunfire broke out near the airport’s entrance and towering smoke could be seen rising.
Somali authorities said a suicide bomber had detonated an explosives-laden car, the Associated Press news agency reports.
The one bomber detonated his vehicle outside the UN compound office while a second bomber targeted a checkpoint manned by Somali security forces near the African Union base.
This is happening after precision airstrikes by Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) reportedly cleaned off close to 70 Al Shabaab fighters in El Adde, Somalia.
The strikes by KDF fighter jets were conducted on Sunday night at a training camp of the militants.
Reports say the group had set up the makeshift camp at the same site where a KDF base was attacked and unknown number of soldiers killed in January.
KDF allegedly caused a total ruination to the camp, three fighter vehicles were withdrawn and the militants suffered heavy casualties.
Somali’s Shabellenews.com said locals sighted suspected KDF jets flying around the area prior to the aerial assault.
The news site further stated that Al Shabaab ‘propagandists’ were yet to confirm or deny the casualties suffered after the bombardment.
Similarly, KDF officials were yet to issue a statement on the attack.
Hundreds of fighters have been killed and armoury destroyed with tens of senior Al Shabaab commanders having been murdered since KDF and other AMISOM soldiers beefed up the war against the group.