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At least five people killed in attack on Somali military base – diplomatic memo – SABC News

At least five people, including two of the attackers, were killed in a raid on Wednesday by armed militants at an army base near the Somali capital’s international airport, a diplomatic memo said.

Earlier, state TV reported that security forces were involved in a “terrorist incident” at the gates to the camp. A witness said gunmen forced their way in and started firing.

State Radio later reported that the two attackers had been apprehended at the base gates.

“Security forces on Wednesday shot dead two armed terrorists who were trying to force their way into the army base near # Mogadishu’s Adan Abdulle International Airport and police will provide details shortly,” State TV said.

An internal diplomatic security note seen by Reuters said two security guards, presumably Kenyan citizens, and a Somali police officer were also killed in the incident, while four others were injured.

Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab said it was behind the attack, and had fired mortars at the camp, where peacekeepers from the African Union (AMISOM), the United Nations and other international organizations are based.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, a spokesman for al Shabaab, said the group’s fighters had gained access to the base and killed victims, but he did not provide any evidence.

Videos and photos shared on social media showed black smoke blowing from an area near the runway of the airport.

Mahad Hirsi, a witness at the complex, told Reuters that he saw the attackers force their way through the gate and start firing, and that “a number of wounded AMISOM soldiers lay on the ground”.

Spokesmen for AMISOM and the United Nations Office in Somalia did not immediately respond to calls and messages from Reuters seeking comment.

A travel agent said the air traffic was quiet due to the gunfire at the airport.

Al Shabaab intends to overthrow Somalia’s central government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islamic law.

At least five people killed in attack on Somali military base – diplomatic memo – SABC News

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