Horn of Africa Security Brief
Radio Garowe reports that at least 20 people were killed and dozens more injured in Mogadishu. The government claims that troops attacked rebel militias and killed militants; however, al Shabaab spokesman Abdi Aziz Abu Mus’ab denies the death of any al Shabaab fighter.
Al Shabaab’s Sheikh Mahad, a senior official in the southern port city of Kismayo, said, “America is our enemy . . . We have to retaliate against them by sea or by land,” as he called on militants to join in a “sea jihad.” TFG Information Ministry spokesman Abdirisaq Qaylow said that the group has been “directly using the pirates” for funding. Reports say that five months ago, al Shabaab commanders met to discuss the group’s funding, and proposed launching the group’s own raids.
The coordinated attack Thursday morning on Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu killed up to 14 people, according to the Associated Press, or at least 25 people, according to local sources. Reports say that two to four suicide bombers ran out of the second vehicle and were stopped within 200 meters of the terminal building, where they exploded their vests. The AMISOM spokesman, Major Barigye Bahoku, said that two AU soldiers and four Somali police officers were killed, along with three civilians and at least five al Shabaab militants. Bahoku said, “The Airport is a very high profile target and we always expect an attempt of sabotage here. This attack was in vain and will not deter us from our mission.”
Kenyan Vice Presidentassured that Kenya will continue to host refugees from surrounding nations, including Somalia. The Kenyan Department of Immigration reports that over 5,000 Somali refugees enter the country every month and enter the Daadab refugee camp near the border.