Suicide blasts target Somalia peacekeepers

Last Updated: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 18:44

Mogadishu: Two powerful explosions
ripped through a Ugandan peacekeepers` compound at Mogadishu
airport on Thursday, killing at least two people in a twin suicide
attack claimed by hardline Somali rebels.

The Islamist Shebab rebels, who have vowed to avenge
the US raid that killed one of their leaders this week, said
they had carried out the attacks on the base used by the
Ugandan contingent of the African Union peacekeeping force.

Western military sources and witnesses said two
vehicles with United Nations markings were used in the attack.

"We have carried out two holy attacks against the
enemy and both missions were successful," a senior Shebab
official said to a news agency on condition of anonymity. "The enemy
suffered badly and we are very happy."

A witness, Ali Mohamed, said he had seen two bodies
brought from the area, adding that they appeared to be
Somalis. There were no other immediate reports of casualties.
Mohamed said one blast hit an area of the base where
the peacekeeping force was providing medical services to
locals.

Soldiers took up positions near the entrance to the
base and fired into the air after the explosions, according to
another witness, Irbahim Aden.

Hardline Islamist militants seeking to overthrow the
weak transitional government have repeatedly targeted the
5,000-strong peacekeeping force, made up of troops from Uganda
and Burundi.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 18:44

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