At least 13 people have been killed, following a suicide bombing attack, on the African Union’s main peacekeeping base, in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Suicide bombers killed at least 13 people at the gates of the African Union’s main peacekeeping base in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, police said, in an attack claimed by the Islamist militants of al-Shabaab.
The force of the explosions shattered windows at the nearby airport, showered arriving passengers with glass and forced the suspension of flights, police and witnesses said.
Police said the first attacker detonated a car bomb and the second tried to storm the base on foot, but was shot and exploded at the gate.
“At least 13 people mostly security forces died in the two car bomb blasts,” and 12 others were wounded, Abdiqadir Omar, a police officer told Reuters.
The guards were caught in the blast as they escorted UN personnel into the base, which is known as Halane, he added.
Responsibility for the blasts were claimed by al-Shabaab, a Somali affiliate of al-Qaeda, who said it had set off two car bombs.