Al-Shabaab carries out daring daylight attack today in Mogadishu’s Huriwaa District
Mogadishu (Harar24) – At least five soldiers are believed to have been killed after Al-Shabaab militants staged an attack in the SOS area of Mogadishu’s Huriwaa district today.
The attack occurred around 11 am today at a check point set up recently between the SOS area & the “Ex-Control” area and lasted for a few minutes before the militants escaped. One local resident said: “This is the first time Al-Shabaab carry out an attack during broad day light in this area even though they have been carrying out nightly raids, but today’s attack was unusual. It’s reminiscent to when Al-Shabaab would attack Ethiopians during the day in Mogadishu”.
The Huriwaa district is one of the most attacked areas in Mogadishu by Al-Shabaab, and it’s residents are often accused of being “Al-Shabaab sympathizers”, although residents dismiss such claims they are often arrested and interrogated by authorities.
Several eyewitnesses claim that the militants arrived in a car, carried out the attack and then used the same car as a getaway car. “I heard the tires screech and suddenly around six armed men came out the vehicle and began opening fire on the checkpoint. After a few minutes of exchanging fire they escaped with their vehicle” said one of the eyewitnesses. “I later on saw two dead soldiers being carried away” she further commented.
The attack comes after Al-Shabaab militants attacked a police station situated in the Hodan district of Mogadishu. Both today and last night’s attacks come amidst of wave of attacks perpetrated by Al-Shabaab inside Mogadishu after the leadership of the Al-Qaeda linked group threatened to bolster their attacks inside the capital city.