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Nation.co.ke: US air strikes may be spurring Al-Shabaab attacks in Mogadishu

Posted by: Berhane.Habtemariam59@web.de

Date: Saturday, 25 May 2019

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Security personnel secure the scene of a car-bomb attack on February 4, 2019 in Somalia capital Mogadishu's Hamarwayne District. PHOTO | ABDIRAZAK HUSSEIN FARAH | AFP 

KEVIN J. KELLEY
By KEVIN J. KELLEY

NEW YORK, UNITED NATIONS,

Friday May 24 2019

Al-Shabaab has significantly increased its attacks in Mogadishu, with explosions in the Somali capital occurring on an almost daily basis in the past two months, the United Nations secretary-general said in a report issued on Wednesday.

This upsurge in bombings and mortar attacks may be an indirect result of the stepped-up US air war on Al-Shabaab targets in rural Somalia, the report implied.

“Air strikes were deemed to have degraded Al-Shabaab’s operational capability and freedom of movement,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council.

“They have also led, however, to increased Al-Shabaab movement into urban centres, in particular Mogadishu, where their forces are less likely to be targeted from the air.”

The greater frequency of mortar attacks is accompanied by “Al-Shabaab's improved capacity to hit strategic targets with precision and accuracy,” he added.

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