15 February 2016

Somalia: Al Shabaab Carries Out Mortar Attack On Kismayo Airport, 3 Injured

At least three unarmed civilians were wounded in a mortar shelling on Kismayo international airport by the Al Qaeda-linked Al shabaab militants on Sunday evening, an Official said.

Jubbaland officials confirmed the mortar attack on the city's main airport, denying reports that the mortar rounds landed inside the airstrip, which houses AMISOM troops.

"Al shabaab fired mortar shells on residential areas near the airport and wounded three people who were all civilians," said an official with Jubbaland state who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Pro-Al shabaab media outlets reported the militants launched a mortar raid on Kismayo airport on Sunday, targeting a secret US drone base in the facility.

Kenyan troops serving with the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have been housing the airport since 2012, after seizing the port town from Al shabaab militants.

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