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Security forces kill al Shabaab launching mortars near Mogadishu

MOGADISHU 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 days.

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 mortar exploded.

"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 were overpowered.

"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 sought anonymity.

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.
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EARLIER REPORT:

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 restive city.

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 in gunfight.

"A truck with the mortar gun has been seized," said one of the witnesses who declined to be named.

           

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