Mogadishu airport mortared


At least three mortar bombs were fired at Mogadishu’s international airport, injuring six people in z compound where embassies are located, a diplomatic source said.

The missions of the United Nations and African Union, as well as the embassies of some countries, are inside the perimeter fence.

The Horn of Africa nation has been plagued by conflict since clan warlords overthrew a dictator in 1991. This was followed by fighting between rival clans and an Islamist insurgency.

Al Qaeda-aligned Al Shabaab, which seeks to topple the UN-backed government, launches attacks in Mogadishu and across the country. It did not immediately claim responsibility for Sunday’s attack and could not be reached for comment.

The Somali government could also not be reached for comment.

People living near the airport told Reuters mortar bombs were fired at the compound. The diplomatic source said six people were injured after three mortar bombs were fired.

“I am appalled by this blatant act of terrorism against our personnel. Thankfully, the majority of our staff are not hurt,” UN envoy James Swan said in a statement.
Al Shabaab has been trying to oust the central government and implement its strict version of Islamic law. It was driven out of the capital in 2011 but maintains a foothold in parts including South West.