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An EUTM Somalia convoy targeted by an attack in Mogadishu (V3)

(B2) A convoy of five vehicles carrying (Italian) trainers and soldiers from the European Union training mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) was targeted by a vehicle bomb attack this Monday (October 1), at 12:10 p.m. local time, in Mogadishu, the Italian army general staff said.
No victim among the EUTM The convoy was returning from a training activity for Somali security forces. A light armored vehicle, Lince (Lynx) type, with four soldiers on board, was hit by the explosives located in the kamikaze vehicle, but very lightly. “ No Italian soldiers were injured ", indicated theStaff of the Italian army. “ The vehicle was slightly damaged and returned to base, under its own power. "" The vehicle has suffered some damage, but it is still driving “, confirmed to B2 a European source. " There are no deaths among EUTM Somalia troops or injuries “, we were told. " No EUTM Somalia personnel were injured and the convoy returned safely “, the EUTM mission officially confirmed shortly after. " No shots were fired by EUTM Somalia either during or after the explosion. Unfortunately, civilians in the vicinity of the attack are believed to be among the victims. » Several civilian casualties The attack occurred on a major artery of the Somali capital, the industrial road, not far (around 700 meters) from the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense. There are three dead - two civilians who were close to the explosion and the perpetrator (one of the perpetrators?) of the attack, as well as four injured who were taken to hospital, according to the agency. Reuters. The nationality of the victims and their position are not known at this time. The attack was claimed by Somalia's Al Shabab. The EU remains present in Somalia « This once again shows that Somali civilians are paying the highest price for the terrorist threat in the country. “Reacted the spokesperson for the High Representative on Monday evening. " This attack will not prevent the EU from committing to supporting the Somali authorities and people in their efforts to build a more stable and prosperous future. » First direct attack against an EUTM vehicle This is the first time that the European mission in Somalia has been deliberately targeted by an attack. Members of the EUCAP Somalia and EUNAVFOR Atalanta mission were injured during an attack targeting a restaurant popular with foreigners in May 2014. But it was in Djibouti and the attack targeted the entire expatriate community and not directly the European flag (read here). (Nicolas Gros-Verheyde) Updated at 17:15 p.m. (details collected by B2 and contextual elements) and 20:30 p.m. with the reaction of the EUTM Mali mission and the spokesperson for the High Representative

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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