Terrorist attack targets African peacekeepers in Mogadishu, Somalia

2021-11-11 22:53:16
Terrorist attack targets African peacekeepers in Mogadishu, Somalia

At least three people were killed and several others wounded when a terrorist rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a security convoy in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday, officials said.

The attack took place at a busy intersection near Villa Baidoa, the Somali military's second headquarter in Mogadishu.

Abdifatah Hassan, a police officer in Mogadishu, told reporters that the suicide car bomb blast targeted a convoy carrying personnel of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). "We don't know if there are AMISOM casualties."

The wounded were transported to nearby Madina hospital, he added.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group al-Shabaab had owned many recent attacks in the Horn of Africa country.

The attack comes hours after a roadside bomb blast wounded at least three policemen in Mogadishu.

AMISOM was set up in 2007 to help the Somali government withstand the threat posed by terrorist groups such as al-Shabab.

The mission is operating under a United Nations mandate that runs out on December 31.

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