AMISOM has confirmed significant damage to Somalia’s Aden Adde International Airport during attacks by al-Shabaab fighters, report says.
Eight Somali soldiers died in the airport terminal building which was bombarded by mortar fire from al-Shabaab resistance, Press TV correspondent in Somalia said.
The attack was confirmed by an African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) spokesperson.
The airport building was targeted after Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein announced the resumption of operations at the airport in the wake of 64 civilian deaths and 150 serious injuries resulting from violence when Ugandan peacekeepers secretly escorted President Ahmed from the presidential palace to the airport so that he could attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.
Al-Shabaab (the military wing of the Union of Islamic Courts) was formed in Somalia after the UIC was deposed by the currently ruling Transitional Federal Government and its backers -primarily the military of Ethiopia and the US- in a war in the East African nation which has raged since 2006.