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Victims of Mubarak Airstrike receive treatment in Mogadishu

Victims of Mubarak Airstrike receive treatment in Mogadishu

By Yunis Dekow

At Mogadishu’s Main Hospital, victims of a drone attack in Mubarak, Lower Shabelle region are receiving treatment. 

The drone targeted a bus station according to local residents. Eight people have died as a result of the attack. 

Nine people who were seriously injured in the attack have been admitted at Medina Hospital. 

Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department have refused to allow the families and the media access to the wards. 

Security officials said some of the victims are suspected members of the militant group Al-shabaab. 

The hospital management declined to speak to Dalsan TV. 

Relatives of those injured in rocket attack launched from an unmanned drone told Dalsan TV that their keens were hawkers and drivers plotting the Awdheegle- Mogadishu route. 

“I want to tell the government that the problem that occurred in Mubarak Yesterday, massacred civilians, and the majority of the drivers who were gathering for a meeting when they were targeted with the bombs,” a resident of the town who rushed the victims to Mogadishu said.  

“8 people have died.  9 people who got injured in the attack are receiving treatment. I have heard that the CID is saying these people are Al-shabaab. I want to confirm to the Somali government that these people are innocent civilians who have no links to Al-shabaab,” he added. 

In a statement the Somali government said its Special Forces of the Somali National Army (SNA) destroyed Al-Shabab’s financial centre in Mubarak area of lower Shabelle region of South-west state of Somalia, killing the leader of Al-Shabab in the area and wounding nearly a dozen.

The government said Al-Shabab regional militia leader named in short as Carab was killed.

The government said it also wounded Osman Daud who was the most senior Al-Shabab member in Mubarak and Aw Maay who was responsible for Al-Shabab’s extortion of money from people in Mubarak.

The target of the special forces’s security operation was the financial center of the terrorist group and at the time of the attack some Al-Shabab leaders  were present at the center.

No one has claimed responsibility for the Airstrike.