Suicide bombers kill 13 at Somalian peacekeeping base

Published on : Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A policeman gives instructions near the wreckage of a car destroyed during a suicide bombing near the African Union's main peacekeeping base in Mogadishu, Somalia, July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta

On Tuesday, suicide bombers killed 13 people near the gates of the peacekeeping base at Mogadishu, the capital of Somali in the African Union. The police have said that this attack has been claimed by al-Shabaab’s Islamist militants.

 

The explosions were violent enough to shatter the windows of the local airport, showering the passengers with glass. The incident compelled the airline authorities to suspend many flights, the eye witnesses and police said.

 

According to the police, the first suicide bomber detonated a car bomb while the second one made attempts to explode the peacekeeping base. However, he was shot and then he exploded at the gate of the base.

 

As the guards tried to escort the UN personnel inside the peacekeeping base known as Halane, they were also caught in the fatal blast.

 

The militant Islamist group that is associated with al-Qaeda said that it had arranged for the explosion of two car bombs. This group, known as the Al-Shadaab was aiming to overthrow the government of Somalia.

 

AMISOM took to Twitter to condemn the violent bomb attacks that had threatened to put the lives of ordinary Somalis into turmoil. However, the United Nations refused to comment on the issue.

 

The passengers who had arrived at the airport said that they were showered by the glass of the airport building and that they had heard two loud blasts.

 

The Islamist militant group frequently attacks AMISOM. AMISOM comprises about as many as 22,000 military personnel from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and other nations of Africa who assist in supporting the government and army of Somalia.

 

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