Somalia: Mortar bombs strike Mogadishu airport
At least three mortar bombs were fired at Mogadishu’s international airport, authorities have confirmed.
Seven people were reported to be injured in the attack on Sunday, which is suspected to be the latest carried out by Somali militant group al-Shabaab. As many as six mortars are reported to have been fired by militants in the attack, which was carried out shortly after 1pm local time.
Mortar bombs fired at Mogadishu airport
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan, confirmed the attack. The mortars landed inside UN and AMISOM facilities at the airport’s compound where several embassies are also located.
“I am appalled by this blatant act of terrorism against our personnel, who work together with the Somali people on humanitarian, peace building, and development issues,” Swan said in a statement.
“There is no justification for such despicable acts of violence, and the United Nations remains determined to support Somalia on its path to peace, stability and development.”
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