A former member of Somalia’s parliament was one of two suicide bombers behind a deadly attack on international troops near Mogadishu’s international airport, according to the armed group al-Shabab.
Salah Nuh Ismail, also known as Salah Badbado, and an unknown second assailant detonated cars loaded with explosives at the gates of the main base of an African Union (AU) peacekeeping force on Tuesday morning.
The attack on the AMISOM’s Halane base was the latest by al-Shabab, which wants to topple Somalia’s internationally backed government and rule the Horn of Africa country.
Al-Shabab regularly attacks AMISOM, which is made up of about 22,000 military personnel from Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and other African countries helping to support Somalia’s government and army.
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