Army authorities in Somalia have confirmed that at least five people, including a Somali military official and a United Arab Emirates soldier, were killed on Saturday, February 10, 2024, after a soldier opened fire at a military base in the Somali capital city of Mogadishu.
However, the Ministry statement did not give other details about the attack but said that the United Arab Emirates will continue to coordinate and cooperate with the Somali government in investigating the act.
The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Defense has, however, said that three members of its armed forces and one Bahraini officer were killed in a terrorist act in Somalia, where they have been training Somali armed forces, and two more were injured.
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Furthermore, an Army officer who identified himself as Ahmed Gelp said that the gunman was a newly trained Somali soldier who was also shot dead at the Gordon Military Base managed by the United Arab Emirates.
“The soldier opened fire on the United Arab Emirates trainers and Somali military officials when they started praying, killing one of the UAE officers and injuring four others, while four Somali soldiers were also killed,” Ahmed Gelp added.
It’s reported that the soldier had defected from al Shabaab ranks before he was recruited as a soldier by Somalia, who are being trained by the United Arab Emirates.
The Al Shabaab militants, linked to al Qaeda fighters in Somalia, have claimed responsibility for the attack through a statement on their radio and claimed that their fighters had killed 17 soldiers.
Two nurses and a doctor at the Erdogan Hospital in Mogadishu, who asked not to be named, told journalists that a senior officer from the United Arab Emirates had died due to gunshots, and four other officers were seriously injured. In addition, about 10 injured Somali soldiers are admitted to the facility.
In conclusion, Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud issued a statement on state media and offered his condolences to the United Arab Emirates following the incident.
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