14 April 2012

Somalia: Baidoa's Airport and Statehouse Hit With Mortars

Baidoa — Al Shabaab insurgents attacked an airport, state house and a hospital in Baidoa with mortars, Radio Garowe reports.

Shortly after sunset Al Shabaab agents bombarded the city of Baidoa with mortars targeting Baidoa's international airport and state house. It is unclear at this time how many people were killed or injured in the attacks since authorities in Baidoa have shied away from questions.

Ethiopian Somali and AMISOM troops fired a barrage of mortars back at the Al Shabaab which were believed to be firing the artillery from one or both nearby districts Makuto and Sheikh Asharow.

Authorities did not discuss the mortar attacks by Al Shabaab but said that a female Al Shabaab agent threw a grenade at Transitional Federal Government (TFG) troops that were guarding a bank in central Baidoa Thursday night.

Al Shabaab vowed last Sunday to restore cities and towns seized by allied forces (Ethiopian, Kenyan, AMISOM and Somali forces).

In related news, unconfirmed reports say that Omar Hammami 'Al Amriki', Al Shabaab's foreign fighter and the organization's pro jihadist rapper was killed by Al Shabaab earlier this month. The report says that the terrorist organization executed Al Amriki on April 4 after he released a video last month saying that he feared for his life after disagreeing with Al Shabaab officials over strategies.

Al Shabaab have yet to release a statement about the report but last month denied that Al Amriki would face punishment for his statement.

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