16 June 2012

Somalia: Al Shabaab Carry Out Suicide Car Attack in Afgoye

Photo: Shabelle
Al-Shabaab militants.

Afgoye — A car full of explosives was smashed into a base used by Somali forces in the town of Afgoye, by an Al Shabaab agent on Saturday , Radio Garowe reports.

The suicide attack Saturday afternoon was claimed by Al Shabaab, who said that they had killed over dozens of people in the attack in the Afgoye corridor, which is located 30 kms from Mogadishu.

According to local sources, the car was packed full with explosives and the blast could be heard in neighboring districts.

Although the number of casualties has not been independently verified, authorities say that there were no casualties but forces stationed at the base sustained injuries in the suicide attack.

The town of Afgoye had been a strategic location for the terrorist organization that fled after allied forces entered the city. This is the first suicide attack in the Afgoye corridor which was recently captured by Somali and African Union forces.

Earlier this week the town was visited by Transitional Federal Government (TFG) President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, who had been attacked on an earlier visit to Afgoye earlier this month.

President Sharif had visited the town after there were reports of civilian abuses committed by Somali forces. The president met with elders and community leaders in the town and promised to resolve the abuse cases.

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