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19 August 2017 07:39 (South Africa)
Africa

Somali militants take revenge on US helicopter attack

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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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A few days after a US helicopters killed a top-level al-Qaeda suspect, Somali rebels have hit the African Union's main peacekeeper base in Mogadishu with two suicide car bombs. The UN has condemned the attack. Militants swore they would avenge the death of Kenya-born Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, who was wanted over the 2002 bombing of a hotel full of Israeli tourists, and a simultaneous, but failed, missile attack on an Israeli airliner over Mombasa airport. The latest bombings have killed about nine people, with at least seven more dead in artillery battles that broke out after the cars exploded. The AU mission deputy commander is said to have been among the dead. The car bombs follow mortar attacks on the city in the past week that left disabled former Somali veterans of a 1970s war with Ethiopia dead and wounded. The moderate UN-backed Somali government has recently said the AU force needs to be bolstered, and called for UN troops. Many more deaths are likely before that becomes a reality. 

A few days after a US helicopters killed a top-level al-Qaeda suspect, Somali rebels have hit the African Union's main peacekeeper base in Mogadishu with two suicide car bombs. The UN has condemned the attack. Militants swore they would avenge the death of Kenya-born Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, who was wanted over the 2002 bombing of a hotel full of Israeli tourists, and a simultaneous, but failed, missile attack on an Israeli airliner over Mombasa airport.

The latest bombings have killed about nine people, with at least seven more dead in artillery battles that broke out after the cars exploded. The AU mission deputy commander is said to have been among the dead. The car bombs follow mortar attacks on the city in the past week that left disabled former Somali veterans of a 1970s war with Ethiopia dead and wounded.

The moderate UN-backed Somali government has recently said the AU force needs to be bolstered, and called for UN troops. Many more deaths are likely before that becomes a reality. 

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

  • Africa

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