31 October 2012

Somalia: Allied Forces Confiscate Explosives Prior to Grenade Attack

Photo: AU-UN IST / Abakar Albadri
An AMISOM soldier looks on as Al Shabaab members line up (file photo).

Kismayo, Somalia — Somali and Kenyan forces apprehended Al Shabaab agents and explosives prior to a grenade attack targeting Somali forces led to injuries on Tuesday night in the port city of Kismayo, Garowe Online reports.

The grenade attack was reportedly by Al Shabaab agents who targeted a group of Somali forces in the busy Somalistar junction in the Alanleey neighborhood.

According to local sources, there were no deaths in the attack and the attackers escaped during the encounter.

Earlier Tuesday, there were several operations conducted by Somali and Kenyan forces under the UN sanctioned AMISOM mandate.

According to local sources, the allied forces were successful in capturing several landmines buried in major streets in Kismayo on Tuesday morning.

The operations netted close to 50 Al Shabaab suspects.

Investigations are pending and authorities in Kismayo have not released a statement on Tuesday night's blast.

Unconfirmed reports say that allied forces also foiled a suicide attack early Wednesday morning.

The reports say that allied forces apprehended a female suicide bomber as she was making her way to a busy location in Kismayo.

If confirmed, this will be the first foiled female suicide attack in Kismayo since its capture late last month.

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