17 July 2013

Somalia: Mortar Shells Hit Mogadishu's Digfer Hospital, Third Mortar Attack in Three Months

Mogadishu — Mortar shells hit Mogadishu's Digfer Hospital as mortars were fired from nearby built up area on Tuesday night, Garowe Online reports.

No one was killed or injured by the mortar attack but independent sources in Mogadishu confirmed Garowe Online that mortar shells fell on the hospital left some parts of the hospital walls wrecked.

Digfer General Hospital, a public facility and funded by Turkish government has been under construction for the last four months and looks forward to become operational in the coming two months. it was one of the biggest public hospitals in Mogadishu but it has not been used for more than a decade and once housed internationally displaced families.

On 14 July, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Turkey ambassador to Somalia and Somali Federal government officials visited the construction site of the hospital for assessment.

This is the third shelling to take place in Mogadishu in three months, in May and June two mortar attacks were targeted the presidential palace but caused civilian casualties as they missed their target and hit neighboring built up areas.

Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group claimed the responsibility of the latest deadly bombings and attacks, making Mogadishu security situation extremely volatile and poor. On the other hand security analysts say "the government could handle the worsening security situation in Mogadishu if it would draw its attention from Kismayo issues and outside trips".

Despite ousted from Mogadishu, Al Shabaab is still vying the Somali Federal Government for control and the government insists that it will take tougher security measures.


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