Amisom speaks as soldiers perish in explosion


African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM] has confirmed twin explosions that rocked Somali capital Mogadishu Tuesday morning.

“AMISOM confirms that there have been 2 bomb explosions at checkpoints near entrances to its base at Halane this morning,” the mission said in a statement.

“AMISOM condemns these senseless attacks that aim to disrupt and cripple the lives of ordinary Somalis. These attacks must be stopped.”

AMISOM said it was verifying initial information after local media reported that atleast 12 Amisom soldiers had been killed near Mogadishu’s Aden Adde Airport.

Another report indicated that nine UN guard forces and three AMISOM soldiers had been killed.

Somali terrorist group Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the blasts that were followed by fierce gunfire between the attackers and the soldiers guarding the entrance to the airport.

Uganda contributes the largest number to the Amisom force.

There is no word on the nationalities of the soldiers killed.

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