At least 10 killed including “AMISOM officers” in a deadly car bomb near Afgoye
Mogadishu (Harar24) – An explosion that ripped apart an AMISOM convoy carrying military equipment near the city of Afgoye in the Lower Shabelle region has reportedly left behind dozens of people dead, including five “American military advisors and seven high ranking AMISOM officers”.
The explosion came as a man slammed his car load with explosives into the convoy as they were passing by a road which connects the towns of Mogadishu and Afgoye. According to several eyewitnesses the individual drove his car towards the convoy while gradually increasing his speed as the convoy came to a halt for unknown reasons until he finally rammed his car into the convoy causing great damage and wreaking havoc at the scene. “The person began to drive the car towards the convoy when they stopped, he then began to speed up until he crashed into one of the vehicles which caused a huge explosion destroying several other vehicles” one eyewitness told Harar24.
Other eyewitnesses reported that the convoy was carrying military equipment, including small unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver to the AMISOM at the frontlines in the Lower Shabelle were they are planning to carry out an offensive against Al-Shabaab in the Lower Shabelle province.
The attack was immediately claimed by the Al-Shabaab organization who claimed to have killed several Americans & AMISOM officers according to their official spokesman Sheikh Ali Mahamud Rage “Ali Dhere”. “We’ve killed five Americans and seven AMISOM officers in a blessed martyrdom operation carried out by one of our men” said the Al-Shabaab spokesman.
Despite Al-Shabaab’s immediate claim, there have been responses or comments from AMISOM regarding today’s attack.
In recent weeks and months various reports have surfaced regarding the presence of a small number of American military advisors present in Somalia to help the AMISOM against their battle with Al-Shabaab, however there’s no evidence to prove that if indeed those killed today were Americans that they belonged to the same group of advisors.
Analysts who have been monitoring the Islamist organization closely believe that the group still remains strong and capable of perpetrating deadly attacks and penetrating deeply into government controlled areas to wreak havoc, despite resisting several offensives carried out against them by Ethiopian, Djiboutian and other AMISOM forces.