At least 10 killed as UN vehicles are targeted as part of the recent increase of violence in Mogadishu.
Mogadishu (Harar24) – At least ten people are believed to have been killed with scores of others injured when a car filled with explosives rammed into two UN owned vehicles as they left from the UNDP building in Mogadishu while headed to the heavily fortified airport in Mogadishu.
The explosion, which is believed to have been caused by a person detonating his explosive filled car, occurred as the two UN vehicles closed in to the airport’s entrance. According to a Harar24 reporter nearby the scene of the attack, all roads leading to the airport were closed and secured by AMISOM forces, the airport itself was also closed down. Several eyewitnesses informed Harar24’s reporter at the scene that they had seen ten dead bodies surrounding the scene of the attack. Fadumo Ali, who witnessed the attack said: “I saw several dead and injured people being rushed into an ambulance vehicle, including one foreign looking individual”.
The attack has been claimed by the Islamist movement Al-Shabaab who claimed that they had killed thirteen people, including three UN staff. The military spokesman for the group, Abu Mus’ab Abdulaziz while addressing local media said: “This martyrdom operation which was carried out by one of our men resulted in the death of thirteen individuals from the enemy’s side. The attack also resulted in the killing of three UN staff.”
However, according to other sources the at least four UN staff were injured with no deaths. The attack was condemned by both the UN and the AMISOM.
The attacks come amidst a surge of violence in the Somali capital, with last night being one of the most vicious in recent weeks. According to reports Al-Shabaab members shelled heavily fortified areas containing key government buildings. The shelling are believed to be a continuation of a series of attacks carried out by the militant movement inside Mogadishu ever since the group threatened to attack government buildings while urging residents to stay away.