3 hurt as al-Shabaab bombs Amisom base

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Halane base camp

On Sunday afternoon at about 13:15hrs, al-Shabaab fired several mortar bombs into the Halane base camp, which houses AMISOM, UN and other international agencies committed to serving the people of Somalia.

Three AMISOM staff were slightly injured and have received treatment. The situation was contained.

“Necessary precautionary measures have been taken to ensure the safety and security of our staff,” the mission said in a statement.

The attack by al-Shabaab will not diminish AMISOM’s resolve to carry out its important mandate to drive out the terrorists and bring lasting peace and security to Somalia, the mission said.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan, condemned the indirect fire attack on the United Nations and AMISOM compounds in the Somali capital.

 “I am appalled by this blatant act of terrorism against our personnel, who work together with the Somali people on humanitarian, peace building, and development issues. Thankfully, the majority of our staff is unhurt. I wish our wounded colleagues a full recovery from their injuries,” said Mr. Swan.

“There is no justification for such despicable acts of violence, and the United Nations remains determined to support Somalia on its path to peace, stability and development.” 

No organization has yet claimed responsibility for this attack.

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