Al-Shabaab claims attack on the UAE army in Somalia Youth News

The group claimed responsibility for the attack because it considers the UAE an “enemy” for its support of the Somali government.

Three Emirati soldiers and a Bahraini military officer were killed in an attack in Somalia.

The UAE authorities announced on Sunday that the Al-Shabaab armed movement linked to Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack on a training mission at a military base in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The attack, which occurred on Saturday, targeted forces at the General Gordon military base. Details about the attack and the victims are still scarce. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud offered his condolences to the UAE.

The UAE Ministry of Defense announced that three of its soldiers and a Bahraini soldier were killed in a “terrorist act,” adding only that two others were injured.

Anwar Gargash, a prominent Emirati diplomat, offered his condolences to the dead and a speedy recovery to the wounded.

Gargash wrote on the X website: “No treacherous act will prevent us from continuing the message of security and safety and combating extremism and terrorism in all its forms.”

Bahrain, an island nation in the Gulf off the coast of Saudi Arabia, did not immediately acknowledge the attack.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement, claiming that it resulted in the deaths of several people participating in the UAE military effort. It described the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula, as an “enemy” of Islamic law for supporting the Somali government in fighting the armed group.

Al-Shabaab was born out of many years of chaos in Somalia following the civil war that broke out in 1991. The Al-Qaeda branch once controlled Mogadishu. Over time, an African Union-led force, supported by the United States and other countries, was able to expel the group from the capital.

Since then, Al-Shabaab has been fighting the country’s federal government and an African Union-mandated peacekeeping mission as it seeks to form a new government based on its interpretation of Islamic law.

The group routinely carries out bombings in densely populated areas across the country.

At least Tuesday 10 people killed About 20 others were injured in multiple attacks in a crowded market in Mogadishu.

Al-Shabaab has carried out attacks in neighboring Kenya as well since Nairobi provided troops and equipment to the African Union force in the country.

In recent years, the UAE has increasingly invested in ports in East Africa, including the breakaway Somaliland region of Somalia.

Securing Somalia fits within the UAE’s broader concerns about security in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. Somali piracy It recently resumed after several years amid attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on ships in the Red Sea.

In 2019, Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for an attack that killed a man working at P&O Ports in Dubai.

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