Tragic Attack at Military Base in Somalia
UAE and Bahrain Soldiers Killed
On Sunday, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) defense ministry confirmed that three soldiers from the UAE Armed Forces and an officer from the Bahrain Defense Force lost their lives in an attack at a military base in Somalia’s capital.
Location and Time of Attack
The attack occurred at the General Gordon military base in Mogadishu on Saturday night.
UAE-Somalia Training Agreement
The UAE had been providing training to soldiers from the Somali Armed Forces under an agreement between the two countries. This tragic incident took place during one of these training sessions. Two others were injured in the attack.
According to an army officer, the gunman responsible for the attack was a Somali soldier who had recently completed his training. The shooting occurred when the UAE trainers and Somali military officials began their prayers.
al-Shabaab Claims Responsibility
Terrorist group al-Shabaab, linked to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack through a statement broadcast on its Radio al Andalus.
Background on al-Shabaab
Al-Shabaab has been designated as a terrorist group by the United States in 2008 and by a UN Security Council committee in 2010. It remains a prominent threat in the region.
Investigation and Condemnation
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud strongly condemned the attack and ordered thorough and urgent investigations by Somalia’s security agencies to uncover the truth behind this horrific incident.
Cooperation and Commitment
The UAE government has pledged its full cooperation with the Somali government in investigating this act of terrorism. They have also reiterated their determination to combat terrorism and maintain peace and stability in the region.
This story has been updated to remove an erroneous description of the army officer who spoke to Reuters.
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