Somalia: AMISOM Condemns Car Bomb Attack in Mogadishu

Turkish Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar second left and Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre second right receive a salute from a Somali soldier at combined Turkey Somali training center during his visit to Mogadishu Somalia Saturday Sept. 30

The African Union envoy in Somalia yesterday condemned the Thursday evening terror attack on a market in a Mogadishu suburb that left at least seven people dead and over 10 others injured.

"There was a battalion of soldiers but it was a fierce fighting; twin suicide vehicle bombs and hand-to-hand fighting", Captain Osman Ali told Reuters.

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The militants used guns and vehicle bombs to take control of the Somali National Army military camp and a nearby town, Barire, 50 km southwest of Mogadishu, in an early-morning attack.

"Al-Shabaab militants attacked our base from three directions, east, south and north and we resisted and heavy fighting broke out which lasted several hours, we killed 18 Al-Shabaab militants on the spot", Ahmed said.

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Bariire has become a center of attacks in the Lower Shabelle region after Al shabaab militants were driven out of the town in August, 2017 by Somali government troops backed by AU and USA forces. "At least seven people were killed and more than six others wounded", he said. However al-Shabab often carries out such attacks.

Al shabaab intensified their attacks against government controlled towns in Southern Somalia, fighting to overthrow Somalia's Western-backed government which is propped up and protected by AMISOM.

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