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Shabaab Attacks International Hub in Mogadishu Where U.S. Embassy Is Located

Two gunmen disguised as airport workers attempted to breach the base’s gates where they were confronted by security forces.

On Wednesday, Al Shabaab conducted an attack against Halane camp near Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu. The camp houses the U.S. embassy, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the headquarters for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and most foreign diplomats based in Mogadishu.

In the assault, two gunmen disguised as airport workers attempted to breach the base’s gates where they were confronted by security forces. These Shabaab gunmen, armed with small arms and hand grenades, reportedly killed six security forces, including five AMISOM peacekeepers and trainers, and injured an additional three police officers.

In a statement by spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab, Shabaab claimed credit for the attack, asserting that their militants broke through checkpoints, shot multiple foreign AMISOM troops, and set fire to buildings within the base.

Read more at Long War Journal

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