Twin suicide attack at AU military base in Somalia, 14 killed
Al Shabaab claimed tthe attacks. Suicide bombers detonate explosives outside facility close to vital airport in Mogadishu.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AA) – Two explosions, claimed by the terorrist group Al Shabaab, have hit the entrance of the African Union peacekeeping base in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, claiming the lives of at least 14 people.
“Fourteen people were killed in the attack and between seven and nine others were injured,” Abdisamad Hassan, a Somali member of parliament and former security minister told Anadolu Agency.
He said the attackers targeted members of the country's electoral commission who were meeting near the airport.
“Most of those who died were members of the Somali national army who were guarding the premises where the meeting was taking place,’’ Hassan said, adding that the area attacked was near a base for Ugandan peacekeepers.
An official at Mogadishu International Airport, which is near the country’s most important military base, said two suicide bombers drove cars to the facility before blowing themselves up at the entrance to the base.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that after the explosions clashes broke out between security guards and more attackers who tried to storm the base.
Joe Kibet, spokesman of the African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM, confirmed the attack but did not give any information on casualties, the Somali National News Agency reported.
In a tweet, the mission said: "AMISOM confirms that there have been 2 bomb explosions at checkpoints near entrances to its base at Halane this morning.
“#AMISOM condemns these senseless attacks that aim to disrupt & cripple the lives of ordinary Somalis. These attacks must be stopped.”
Severe damage was sustained at the entrance of the military camp; nearby buildings were also damaged.
The base houses some UN offices and foreign embassies.
The international community condemned theses attacks. Ban Ki-Moon said the the UN''reaffirms that such criminal acts will not diminish the strong resolve of the United Nations to continue supporting the people and Government of Somalia in their work to build peace and stability in the country'', the statement said.
* Anadolu Agency correspondent Hassan Isilow contributed to this report.
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