Huriwa District attacked as Al-shabaab ups its night raids in Mogadishu
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Two years since the retreat of Al-Shabaab from Mogadishu violence still rages in the capital city. Bombings, drive-by shootings, assassinations have become common occurrences in Mogadishu as the fragile government attempts to battle these attacks perpetrated by Al-Shabaab deep inside the capital.
Last night the Huriwa district of Mogadishu was the latest scene of an attack carried out by Al-Shabaab. A heavy fire fight broke out at a base in the area after Al-Shabaab fighters attacked the troops at the base. The local government appointed leader said that they repelled the Al-Shabaab fighters and even killed some. Other sources however indicate that there were a number of dead and injured soldiers at the base.
Locals who spoke to Harar24 said that firefight was intense and lasted for a while, until the Al-Shabaab fighters decided it was time to leave. “It just started all of a sudden. It seemed like there was gunfire everywhere and we were afraid that stray bullets would hit us. After sometime all went quite, but then the security forces arrived at the scene to investigate the area and to look for hiding Al-Shabaab members” said Amina Abdinur who lived in the area.
Another resident who chose to remain anonymous claimed that the night attacks carried out by Al-Shabaab have been on the rise as of lately, especially in the districts Huriwa and Yaqshid. “Many people are considering moving out of these areas, areas close to military bases I mean. It’s getting ludicrous, Al-Shabaab attack the army at night and then during the day the arrest and detain us!”
Attempts to secure the city from attacks and clear them from Al-Shabaab cells have so far failed, despite claims from officials that the city has been secured and that many Al-Shabaab cells had been uncovered, attacks still continue.