At least five injured in mortar attack near Somalia capital airport

MOGADISHU, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) — At least five people were injured on Saturday evening in a mortar attack on a residential area near the airport in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

Police officer Ahmed Jama told Xinhua that mortar shells were fired at a Buluhubey village, a short distance from the headquarters of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Local resident Sulayman Abdi said he heard “five mortar rounds” rock the village and that they might be targeting the AMISOM base or the Aden Adde International Airport.

Witnesses said the injured included children and had been rushed to hospital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Somalia-based Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab carries out frequent attacks in the country, many of them in Mogadishu.

Source XINHUA

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