On March 23, two terrorists of al-Qaeda-linked Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen attacked Aden Adde International Airport in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Somali Police Commissioner Gen. Abdi Hassan Hijar told the Somali National News Agency that the two terrorists, who were armed with pistols and grenades, were “pretending” to be airport workers when they launched the attack.
#Somalia – Heavy gunfire heard around Aden Adde Airport in #Mogadishu, as Al-Shabaab claims it’s militants attacked a marine gate checkpoint and are attempting to breach into Halane compound housing foreign embassies. pic.twitter.com/0jJ6AWeFSp
— CyclistAnons (@CyclistAnons) March 23, 2022
BREAKING: Heavy fighting still going on near Aden Adde international Airport in #Mogadishu.#AlShabaab claims to have carried out an attack at Marine gate as sporadic gunfire could still be heard. pic.twitter.com/O9zWhSDPfD
— Mohamed Salh (@MohamedSelh) March 23, 2022
Al-Shabaab terrorists attempted to force their way into the Halane military base within the airport. The base hosts peacekeeping troops from the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) as well as UN facilities and international organizations.
According to Gen. Hijar, Somali security forces repulsed the attack. Both terrorists were killed during the clashes. Six other casualties were reported by the local media.
BREAKING‼️ Alshabaab militants have staged an attack at Aden Adde airport in #Mogadishu
Deputy police commander said to be in critical condition after exchange of gunfire.
All local and international flights have been canceled following the attack pic.twitter.com/XOtInkkQL4
— Aminah abdalla (@aminahabdalla) March 23, 2022
The Special Forces of the Leopard have put an end to the attack on the Halane camp in Mogadishu by gunmen.Al-Shabaab terrorists claimed responsibility for the attack in the Aden Adde International Airport area @addisstandard @amisomsomalia pic.twitter.com/GFz3ZFi7In
— Mustafe Cilmi (@Cilmi99) March 23, 2022
The terrorist attack forced airport authorities to suspend all domestic and international flights. It remains unclear when the airport will resume its operations.
Al-Shabab stages deadly attacks in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia on a regular basis. The terrorist group has been facing some pressure lately. On February 22, the US Africa Command announced that a combat drone had targeted a group of al-Shabab terrorists in Duduble, some 65 kilometers to the northwest of the capital, Mogadishu. The drone strike was a response to an attack on Somali government forces.