Two killed by mortar shells outside Mogadishu

MOGADISHU — Two people were killed when mortar rounds landed into residential areas outside Mogadishu, a witness said.

Two of six mortar shells, which were allegedly fired by African Union troops, hit a civilian house in Arbacow neighborhood, killing two people, a witness who asked not to be named said.

“The shelling was a response because a number of Al Shabaab fighters attacked on AMISOM base in Arbacow area outside Mogadishu last night,” he said.

In an interview with The Messenger Africa, AMISOM Spokesperson, Lt. Col. Wilson Ronoh denied that AU troops had fired the mortars, accusing Al Shabaab militants of being behind for the attack.

“Several mortar rounds fired by militants missed our base and landed into civilian houses,” Lt. Col. Ronoh said.

Ronoh added that at least 18 Al Shabaab suspects had been detained in an operation carried out by Somali National Army (SNA) troops, along with AMISOM troops in villages outside Mogadishu.

“We handed over all suspects to SNA in Mogadishu, in a bid to make further investigations,” he said.

The armed group of Al Shabaab often carries out attacks on bases manned by Somali army forces and African Union troops in the south and central parts of Somalia.

Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare