Al-Shabab bombs African Union troops in Somalia
Written by Morenike Adebayo on July 26, 2016
At least thirteen people were killed this morning after two vehicles packed with explosives went off as they were driven towards a base for African Union troops in the Somali capital.
The first blast happened near an entrance to the base, which is beside Mogadishu’s main airport, and the second at a nearby checkpoint manned by Somali government forces. Officials and witnesses said white smoke could be seen billowing over the city after the blast.
Abdifatah Omar Halane, spokesman for Banadir administration, the local government, said nine of the dead were security for the UN and three were civilians. He added that five people were also injured in the explosions.
The al-Shabab armed group has claimed responsibility for the attack.