Militants Fire Two Mortar Rounds

Mar 3, 2020

At approximately 1800 local time (1500 UTC) on 1 March 2020, al-Shabab militants fired at least two mortar rounds toward the Green Zone in the capital Mogadishu. According to reports, the mortars hit Halane base camp, which houses several foreign facilities — including Western embassies, the U.N. headquarters and the African Union Mission in Somalia’s (AMISOM) headquarters. At least one foreign national was injured in the attack. In addition, Aden Adde International Airport (HCMM/MGQ) — located adjacent to the Green Zone — suspended operations for approximately 30 minutes following the attack, although no damage occurred at the facility. Members of the Islamist militant group al-Shabab — which claimed responsibility for the 1 March attack — have targeted Halane base camp in the past with similar tactics, including rocket and mortar fire and the use of other improvised explosive devices; for example, a similar attack occurred in October 2019, during which militants fired several mortar rounds at the camp, wounding at least three AMISOM members.

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