3 Emirati troops, Bahraini officer killed in Somalia attack

World Sunday 11/February/2024 08:46 AM
By: DW
3 Emirati troops, Bahraini officer killed in Somalia attack

Three soldiers of the United Arab Emirates and a Bahraini officer were killed in an attack in Somalia while on a mission to train Somali armed forces, UAE's Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday,

The soldiers were "exposed to a terrorist act" while "performing their work duties in training and qualifying the Somali Armed Forces," the ministry wrote on social media platform X., formerly Twitter.

The attack took place at a military base in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, according to reports.

Two other people were injured in the attack, the ministry added, without giving any further information.

The UAE "continues to coordinate and cooperate with the Somali government in investigating the sinful terrorist act," the ministry statement said.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud "sent his condolences to the people and Government of the United Arab Emirates" in a statement to Somali state media SONNA.

"I condemn to the worst terms the incident that took the lives of the UAE officers who sacrificed their time and lives to liberate and rebuild our country," Mohamud said.

The president added that he was ordering a probe into the attack.