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Blast Attack in Mogadishu Targets AMISOM Soldiers, Somali Patients


AMISOM Soldiers in Somalia

AMISOM Soldiers in Somalia

.The Spokesman for the African Union troops in Mogadishu said the fact that several Somali patients were killed and three AMISOM soldiers injured after the blast attack occurred just outside the vicinity of AMISOM Headquarters at the airport this afternoon

The Spokesman for the African Union troops in Mogadishu said that that several Somali patients were killed and three AMISOM soldiers injured after a blast just outside the vicinity of AMISOM Headquarters at the airport this afternoon.

Major Barigye Ba-Huko told VOA Somali that a mortar shell landed at an out-patient’s centre run by the AMISOM forces at the airport. Other reports from Somali eyewitnesses say the explosion was caused by a device hidden in a basket.

The Somali militant group Al-Shabab said it carried out the attack and claimed that “several AMISOM soldiers and doctors” were killed in the blast.

Earlier, a team of UN and AU diplomats visited Mogadishu and had a meeting with Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and his Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke.

The team had included the Special Representative of UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Ramtane Lamamra and the new AU envoy to Somalia, Boubacar Diara.

Major Ba-Huko told VOA that the delegation had already departed the airport when the blast attack happened.

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