Soldier at Mogadishu Military Base Opens Fire, Leaving at Least Five Dead

An army officer and medical personnel told Reuters that at least five people—including military officials from Somalia and a soldier from the United Arab Emirates—were slain on Saturday when a soldier opened fire at a military facility in the country’s capital, Mogadishu. However, the defense ministry of the United Arab Emirates claimed that three of its military personnel and one officer from Bahrain were slain in a “terrorist act” in Somalia while they were providing training to the Somali military. The ministry noted in a statement that two other people had been hurt.

 

The ministry stated that the UAE “continues to coordinate and cooperate with the Somali government in investigating” the crime, but it did not provide any other information regarding the incident. At the Gordon military base under UAE management, the gunman, a recently trained Somali soldier, was also shot and killed, according to the army official, who went by Ahmed. When the Somali military officials and UAE trainers began praying, the soldier opened fire on them. Four Somali soldiers were killed and four UAE officers were hurt, the official told Reuters. We are aware that the soldier had left al Shabab before to being enlisted by Somalia and the United Arab Emirates,” he stated.

 

In a statement posted on its Radio al Andalus, al-Shabab, an organization associated with al-Qaida, took credit for the attack and claimed that its fighters had killed 17 soldiers. At the Erdogan Hospital in Mogadishu, four more officers were critically hurt, and a senior UAE officer had passed away, according to two nurses and a doctor who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. They said that roughly ten wounded Somali soldiers had been admitted to the hospital. Following the event, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia expressed his sympathies to the UAE in a statement released by state media, SONNA.

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