Explosion Rocks Mogadishu as Regional Summit Against Al-Shabaab Begins

Explosion Rocks Mogadishu as Leaders Meet at Summit (News Central TV)

While regional authorities are convening in the city to discuss their coordinated offensive against the Al-Shabaab rebel group, mortar shells have erupted in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

The presidential mansion in Mogadishu is closely secured, and the four shells struck nearby places. There have been no casualties reported.

Following recent military victories by the Somali government against the militants, the leaders of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti are meeting there on Wednesday.

Al-Shabaab continues to conduct frequent attacks and maintains control over substantial portions of Somalia.

But they have lost territory since the government, backed by the US and African troops, launched a new offensive last August.

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The Somali President hosted a summit of leaders from several neighbouring countries to discuss the regional fight against Al-Shabaab.

The Somali leader attended the conference in Mogadishu along with Kenyan President William Ruto, Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The group, which has ties to Al-Qaeda, has been waging an insurgency in the troubled Horn of Africa nation for more than 15 years. The four are expected to discuss a concerted military offensive against the group.

The capital of Somalia is subject to tight security measures, including the suspension of all commercial flights into Mogadishu.

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