A suicide car bombing and assault by Shabaab militants on two neighbouring restaurants in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu ended on the 15th of June, in the morning with 18 dead, a government spokesman said.
“The operation is over now and the gunmen were killed by the security forces,” said Mohamed Ahmed Arab, spokesman for Somalia’s security ministry.
“The EU extends its condolences to the families and friends of all those who lost loved ones and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured” says the statement of the European External Action Service.
“These terrorist acts shall not deter the path to peace and security in Somalia.”
“The European Union stands closely with the Somali federal and regional governments and security forces in their efforts to defeat terrorist activities.”
Al Shabaab’s terror attack on an army base in Puntland in Somalia has left a high number of dead and dozens injured.
Al Shabaab militants captured a town in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region on Thursday (8.06.2017) a senior official confirmed, and the group claimed it had killed at least 61 soldiers in the assault.
“Al Shabaab attacked Af Urur town this morning. There were few soldiers there and thus al Shabaab captured the town. It is difficult to know the casualties because the telecommunications were cut off,” Bari region governor Yusuf Mohamed told Reuters.
The al Qaeda-linked group said it had also killed 61 soldiers after over-running a military base in the town.
“The number could rise since the operation is still underway,” Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military spokesman said in a statement.