Somalia based insurgents al-Shabaab on Tuesday shelled Mogadishu international airport with mortars, according to Africa Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM].
A mortar is a simple, lightweight, man portable, muzzle-loaded weapon, consisting of a smooth-bore metal tube fixed to a base plate (to absorb recoil) with a lightweight bipod mount and a sight.
They launch explosive shells in high-arcing ballistic trajectories. Mortars are typically used as indirect fire weapons for close fire support with a variety of ammunition.
According to images shared by Goobjoognews, a Somali website, mortar fires hit within the vicinity of the United Nations [UN] and African Union [AU] compound inside the perimeters of Mogadishu Airport.
Al-Shabaab, an arm of al-Qaida, that often targets high-profile areas of the capital, claimed responsibility for the attack.
The target was also Halane military camp, the largest African Union military base in the Somali’s capital Mogadishu.
Goobjoognews reported that people were injured in the massive shelling.
Amisom said in a short statement: “A round of mortars were aimed at the Mogadishu International Airport (MIA) compound this afternoon. All of them missed their target and the situation is under control.”
It added: “AMISOM remains determined to deny terrorists all freedom of operation.”