Hostage-taking in Somalia, together with Egyptians, and assassination of a United Nations guard

Safety sources instructed Reuters that Al-Shabaab militants in central Somalia seized a United Nations helicopter, with three Ukrainians and residents of Egypt, Uganda and Somalia on board.
The airplane was conducting a medical evacuation earlier than struggling a technical malfunction and being pressured to make an emergency touchdown close to the Al-Shabaab-controlled village of Hindhir.

A helicopter belonging to the United Nations mission

The Somali authorities has been working to free the hostages, however military officers have warned of the problem of doing so within the space managed by Al-Shabaab, thought-about an space of ​​al-Qaeda presence.

In response to an inner UN memo, one passenger was killed, whereas Al-Shabaab took six passengers hostage, and the whereabouts of two others are unknown.

Ukrainian authorities officers have made no touch upon the incident, and the Ugandan army has introduced that there is no such thing as a details about the incident, and the Egyptian authorities has not but been contacted for clarification. a remark.

In a associated growth, the United Nations Mission in Somalia introduced right now {that a} United Nations guard was killed in a mortar assault close to Mogadishu Worldwide Airport, and it’s suspected that Al-Shabaab carried out this assault.

In response to the mission, the assault occurred on Thursday night, when mortar shells fell within the space the place the United Nations compound on the airport is situated.

It must be famous that the Al-Shabaab motion has continued to insurgent towards the Somali authorities since 2006 and controls massive areas of southern and central Somalia, with the intention of imposing its energy and imposing its interpretation of the Islamic legislation.