Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu Airport leaves six dead

Hassan said one of the foreigners was a soldier with the African Union peacekeeping mission AMISOM. He said four others were trainers helping the Somali government with explosives training.

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Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu Airport leaves six dead

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The death toll from an Al-Shabaab attack against Mogadishu's Aden Abdulle International Airport on Wednesday morning has left at least six people dead, police said.

Two Al-Shabaab gunmen managed to enter the key facility after forcing their by a shooting at the marine gate, east of the airport early in the morning, where they shot dead several people.

Somali Police's elite Haram'ad forces have battled the gunmen holed in the compound and shot them dead during a gunfight that lasted about two hours, according to the security sources.

 At least six people - five foreign nationals and one Somali are confirmed killed in the raid at the heavily guarded airport which lies next to the Halane complex that houses western diplomatic missions.

The police sources added that one of the foreigners who died in the assault was a soldier from AMISOM and the four others were trainers helping the Somali government with explosives training.

An anonymous security official told VOA the militants used small arms and hand grenades. He said at least three police personnel were injured in the attack and were rushed to a nearby hospital.

Al-Shabab has attacked the airport several times since 2009, killing dozens. In December 2014, heavily armed militants stormed the base camp and fought inside for two days, killing three AMISOM soldiers and several Somalia soldiers.

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