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Mon Sep 30, 2019, 06:45 AM

Car Bombers in Somalia Hit U.S. and European Military Bases

Source: New York Times

Car bombers attacked United States and European military targets in Somalia on Monday morning, officials said, and the Islamist extremist group known as the Shabab claimed responsibility for at least one of the assaults.

The first attack was on the Bale Dogle airstrip in the Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia. The United States military uses the base to launch aerial attacks on Shabab targets and to train Somali troops.

A suicide car bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives at the gate of the airstrip, according to Lt. Comdr. Desiree Frame, a spokeswoman for the United States Africa Command, and Yusuf Abdourahman, a security official with the Lower Shabelle regional administration. Bursts of gunfire could be heard across the base after the bombing, suggesting an ongoing attack on the base.

Commander Frame declined to say whether there were any casualties.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/30/world/africa/somalia-us-eu-attacks.html

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