3 AMISOM staff injured in Al-Shabab Mortar attack on UN base

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AMISOM troops guarding UN installations in Somalia

MOGADISHU: Three people serving under AMISOM were injured following an Al-shabab attack on UN peacekeepers’ base in Mogadishu Sunday afternoon.

In a statement released on Sunday, AMISOM confirmed that Al-Shabab fired several mortar bombs into Halane base camp in Somali Capital Mogadishu, slightly injuring 3 AMISOM staff. The facility houses AMISOM, UN and other international agencies serving in Somalia.

The statement notes that the situation was however contained and the injured received treatment. It also commits that the necessary precautions have been taken to ensure the safety and security of peacekeepers in Somalia.

Terror group Al-shabab has claimed responsibility of the attack.

Somali’s minister for information HE. Mohamed Abdi Hayir condemned the attack on peacekeepers in Somalia, and reiterated commitment by the federal government of Somalia to fight terrorism until the groups that use violence against Somali interests are finished.

Parallel sources however indicate that three construction workers and one international staff were injured in the Sunday attack when six mortars landed inside the AU/UN compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The peacekeepers condemned the Sunday attack on Halane base camp, and said the attack will not diminish their resolve to carry out the important mandate drive out terrorists and bring lasting peace and security to Somalia.

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