Shebab Attack On Headquarters Of The African Union Forces In Mogadishu
Four people died in the attack on Thursday, the headquarters of the African Union forces in Somalia.The attack was claimed by the Shebab. Five attackers infiltrators in the ultra-secure base were also killed.
The ultra-secure headquarters of the strength of the African Union in Somalia(AMISOM) in Mogadishu has suffered on Thursday 25 December, an attack by Islamist Shebab , confirmed a spokesman for AMISOM.
Three African soldiers and a civilian were killed, according to the organization, which has not yet specified the nationality of the four victims. The Shebab evoke for their 14 dead. The terrorist movement often overstates the results of his attacks, while the authorities tend to minimize it.
On his Twitter account, around 17:30 (14:30 GMT), about three hours after the start of the assault, Amisom had said that the situation was now fully under control and that many attackers were killed. Five died and three were captured, said the African force.
The Shebab attacked us today, but we managed to repel the attackers. One of them was killed inside the base Amisom, said the spokesman of the Ugandan army Paddy Ankunda. The latter said on Twitter that the attackers had entered incognito” inside.
Several explosions and gunfire were heard early in the afternoon inside the base of Halane, had reported police and witnesses. And Shebab had immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Our commandos are inside the headquarters of foreign troops in Somalia, had said military spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab.
A Western security source stated that between 15 and 20 assailants attacked the base, but did not say how many had actually penetrated inside.
HQ Amisom is a fortified enclosure located within the perimeter of Mogadishu airport, itself placed under tight security. The area also houses several embassies. The AMISOM deployed in Somalia since 2007 to fight the Shebab, now has more than 22,000 men. She hunted for three years Islamists from Mogadishu then most of the places they occupied in central and southern Somalia.