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Somali militants attack an Italian convoy, US air base

Al-Shabab group, launched the first attack against the US’ base in Baledogle

Somali militants have launched two attacks against an Italian military convoy and a US air base on Monday, Somali local media reported.

The Islamic militant group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the first attack, which struck the gate of the US military air base in Baledogle airfield, west of the capital Mogadishu. However, 

no one claimed responsibility for the second suicide attack that targeted the Italian convoy.

Al-Shabab group launched the attack against the US’ base using an explosive-laden vehicle, which exploded at the base’s entrance.

Moreover, the second suicide bombing was against an Italian peacekeeping convoy in Mogadishu, which operates within the framework of the European Union’s Mission in Somalia.

In a statement, the Italian Defense Ministry confirmed the attack saying that two armored vehicles in an Italian convoy exploded on Monday, causing no injuries, asserting that Rome is investigating the cause of the blast, the Italian news agency (AKI) reported.

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