MOGADISHU, July 27, 2016
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM strongly condemned the terrorist attack that targeted UN and AMISOM’s Halane military base near the Mogadishu International Airport.
At around 0900hrs two Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs) detonated close to the airport causing a number of civilian fatalities and injuries.
The AU Special Representative for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira hailed the swift response by Somali security forces (SNA) and AMISO troops who prevented the vehicles from proceeding further and thereby foiled the attack.
Madeira on behalf of AU Mission in Somalia took time to commiserate with the families of innocent civilians who lost their lives and wishes quick recovery to those who sustained injuries.
Ambassador Madeira further noted that Al-Shabaab is desperately seeking relevance and may do anything even hurting innocent civilians (soft targets) to make headlines.
However, Madeira reiterated that AMISOM will continue to work with the Somali security institutions to forestall Al-Shabaab acts of terror and pacify Somalia off Al-Shabaab vermins.