Somalia(Xinhua) -- At least two Al-Shabaab
militants were killed in a mortar attack in Somali capital
Mogadishu on Sunday, a government official confirmed.
At least three mortars landed into a residential area in Wadajir
district which is near the heavily guarded Mogadishu airport,
which has seen mortar attacks by the militants in the past few
Minister of Internal Security, Mohamed Abukar Islow told
reporters that the security forces engaged the armed fighters in
a shootout after the vehicle which was being used to fire the
"Security forces shot dead two Al-Shabaab militants who had
tried to carry out mortar attacks near the airport.
"The militants engaged the security forces in gunfight but
"The security forces recovered weapons but the vehicle
exploded without causing any casualties," Islow said.
Witnesses said the militants slammed three shells at
residences near Mogadishu airport, causing civilian casualties.
"Three mortar shells hit my house and into two other houses
nearby and they injured two children and an old woman who were
rushed to Madina hospital in Mogadishu," said the witnesses who
The latest attack comes days after President Mohamed
Abdullahi Mohamed declared an all-out war against the insurgents
and offered them 60 days to surrender.
Huge explosions rock
Mogadishu, casualties feared
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Several people are feared dead in multiple
explosions near Aden Adde Airport in Somalia capital Mogadishu
on Sunday, witnesses and security officials said.
A vehicle loaded with explosives belonging to terror group
Al-Shabaab exploded after being captured by security forces in
Mogadishu near the airport.
Witnesses and security officials said the incident which
caused huge explosion sparked off a fierce exchange of gunfire
between the security forces and the armed attackers in the
Some witnesses said three mortar shells landed at residential
areas adjacent to the airport and African Union Mission in
Somalia (AMISOM)’s Halane military base.
"The security forces are currently engaging the armed attacks
"A truck with the mortar gun has been seized," said one of
the witnesses who declined to be named.