MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) –Reports from the town of Barawe in south Somalia say two car bombs have targeted a recently constructed airport outside the district, officials have confirmed.
Two massive explosions have been heard in the city after vehicles packed with explosives were rammed into the gates of the airport and nearby AMISOM base.
Barawe district officials have confirmed the attacks, but have declined to comment on the casualties, if there were any.
Residents in the nearby neighborhoods have said they heard huge noise of explosions and seen a plume of dark smoke billowed into the sky.
The attack comes barely 3 weeks after Barawe airport was officially opened in a ceremony officiated by the Somali PM Hassan Ali Khaire.
Al-Shabaab has said it was behind the attacks, adding that two of its martyrdom brigade members rammed truck bombs into AMISOM base inside Barawe airport. The group also claims to have inflicted heavy losses upon AMISOM “crusaders”.
AMISOM has yet to brief media about the attacks and casualties sustained by its troops from the double car bomb attacks.
The troops have reportedly opened fire following the suicide bomb attacks; however, no civilian casualties have so far been reported.
Al-Shabaab and other Islamist groups across the World usually increase attacks during the month of Ramadan. Somali authorities believe this latest attack may perhaps be the beginning of a militant campaign and troops across the country were cautioned against possible attacks.
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