In Somalia at least three people were killed and 20 injured, including several Turkish nationals, when a suicide car bomb targeted a police convoy, escorting Turkish contractors Anadolu new agency reports.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency over the phone, Somali government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar Oronjo confirmed the attack in the town of Afgoye, in the lower Shabelle region.
“Several people including soldiers were killed and 20 others wounded, and casualties could rise,” he said.
He also said among those injured were Somalia’s deputy commander of special forces.
Separately, Bashir Ahmed, a police official in Afgoye, told Anadolu Agency that three people, including soldiers, were killed in the attack.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca and the Turkish Embassy in Mogadishu said that some four to six Turkish citizens, including building contractors, were injured in the attack.
Three Americans, among them one U.S. military servicemember and two contractors, were killed in al Shabaab militia attack on a military base in Kenya exploited by both U.S. and Kenyan forces, the army officials said, referring to Sunday events in Manda Bay Airfield in Lamu county, close to the Somali border.
The military’s Africa Command informed about the deaths and clarified that two other Americans who are working for the U.S. Department of Defense were wounded during the attack
The wounded Americans are currently in stable condition and being evacuated,” Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement.
In early monrning hours around 4 AM Al-Shabaab militants launched an attack on the Manda-Magogoni naval base in Lamu. Heavy exchange of fire is ongoing, Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia confirms. (Image: sodial media).
In a brief statement the US military command for Africa, AFRICOM, confirmed there had been an attack, but did not provide any detail.
“U.S. Africa Command acknowledges there was an attack at Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya and is monitoring the situation. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the incident. As facts and details emerge, we will provide an update.”
Militants from the Somali Islamist Shebaab group, affiliated with Al-Qaeda, launched an attack on a military base operated by American and Kenyan forces in Lamu (north of the country), near the Somali border, according to a local official Agnece France press reports. The press-release of the militants circulates in social media.
In the press-release Al-Shabaab group said the raid resulted in “severe casualties on both American and Kenyan troops stationed there.”
“The Mujahideen fighters covertly entered enemy lines, successfully stormed the heavily fortified military base and have now taken effective control of a part of the base,” the armed group announced.
The suicide bomber involved in the attack on Camp Simba in Manda Bay and fighters have taken control of part of the base, they claim. There are indications that plane was set on fire, while the heavy cloude of smoke has been seen from afar.
Military cargo plane from Turkey landed in Mogadishu on December 29 to evacuate people badly wounded in a truck bombing a day earlier that killed at least 90 people, including two Turkish nationals.
The plane also brought emergency medical staff and supplies, according to a tweet from the Turkish embassy, adding these had been transported to a Turkish-run hospital in Mogadishu.
Somali Information Minister Mohamed Abdi Hayir Mareye told state media that 10 badly injured Somalis would be evacuated to Turkey. He added that Turkey had sent 24 doctors to treat those wounded who would stay in the capital.
“Today’s car bomb attack in Mogadishu has caused the lives of many and injured a lot people. We wish for a speedy recovery of those injured, and reaffirm our continued solidarity and support to the people of Somalia” the EU top diplomat Josep Borrell wrote in his Twitter micro blog.
At least 90 people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in a car bomb attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu on December 28, authorities said.
Police officer Mohamed Hussein said the blast targeted a tax collection centre during the morning rush hour, AFP reported.
Those wounded include children and several university students who had been travelling in a bus, he added.
A car bomb exploded in the Somali capital Mogadishu on December 28, leaving at least 90 dead and scores of injured – with the death toll expected to rise.
The explostion occured in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu, in the middle of desnse city traffic. “The number of casualties we have confirmed is 76 dead and 70 wounded, it could still be higher,” the director of the private Aamin Ambulance services, Abdukadir Abdirahman Haji told AFP.
Among the victims are students and two Turkish nationals, the Somali Foreign minister said.
Mogadishu is regularly hit by car bombs and attacks waged by Al-Shabaab Islamist militants allied to Al-Qaeda.
The group was forced out of the Somali capital in 2011 but still controls parts of the countryside and has also staged attacks in neighbouring Kenya.
A car bomb explosion shuttered Somali town of Galkayo in the Mudug region, claiming lives of at least seven civilians, and wounding dozens, local authorities confirmed.
The official said the driver intended to enter the hotel compound, but failed and instead hit a military pickup parked outside, serving as a protection.
“So far we know of seven people who died, mostly civilians, but the death toll may rise,” said Major Ali Umar. “Over a dozen others were injured, mostly Somali military personnelL”
An employee at Galkayo hospital said it had received over 30 wounded as a result of the explosion, Reuters news agency reports.
Highly likely the act is another attack of of Al Shabaab Islamist group is fighting to assess power and establish a Caliphate. It has already control over small sections of the Mudug region.