A regional Somali government official says, three soldiers in the Somali special forces have been killed, and a U.S. officer seriously wounded, in a car bomb on Monday outside the force’s base in the country’s south.
Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack and put the number of dead at 20. Al Shabaab said it had killed U.S. personnel.
A Somali soldier was also wounded in the attack in Jana Cabdalle village, some 60 km from the port city of Kismayu, which is also Jubbaland region’s capital, after the suicide car bomb had exploded outside the special forces base. U.S. Africa command spokesman air force colonel Christopher Karns said the U.S. Soldier was in stable condition.
Karns said, in a statement, the U.S. military had assessed that at least one al Shabaab fighter was also killed during the attack that involved mortar fire. The government and al Shabaab often give conflicting casualty numbers. The militants said they had killed four U.S. officers, and 16 Somali forces. Al Shabaab also said it had wounded 12 Somali soldiers and destroyed 3 U.S. Armored vehicles.
Al Shabaab has been fighting to topple Somalia’s central government since 2008 to establish its own rule based on its own harsh interpretation of Islam’s sharia law.
Uganda ‘To Begin Human Trials’ Of COVID-19 Vaccine
Uganda is set to start human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine starting in November as the country continues to fight against the pandemic.
The vaccine trials are a partnership exercise between Uganda’s Virus Research Institute and the United Kingdom’s Imperial College.
Uganda has recorded more than 7,000 coronavirus cases and 75 fatalies so far.
According to BBC, Monica Musenero who is the head of a presidential taskforce on epidemics is quoted as saying the first trial will be conducted on 10 Ugandans.
She added that if successful, a second trial will involve about 100 to 200 persons followed by a final trial of between 1,000 and 3,000 persons.
WFP Seeks Aid For South Sudan Flood Relief
Heavy seasonal rainfall, followed by devastating floods in South Sudan since June, have impacted more than 700,000 persons across the country. A large part of the nation is reported to be under water with the Nile River at its highest level in 50 years.
South Sudan was already in a precarious situation due to food shortages from an overwhelming locust infestation and a health crisis from the global coronavirus pandemic.
The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has been providing food assistance to more than half a million persons in South Sudan’s flood-affected areas as the threat of famine increases within the country.
A flood-displaced victim from Mathiang village says rains have destroyed everything, including houses, cattle, crops and sources of livelihood.
WFP spokesperson, Peter Smerdon says they are already under pressure in South Sudan because of conflict, high levels of displacement and, the added burden from flooding.
World Food Programme is now seeking to raise 58 million dollars to continue providing relief.
Libyans Protest Armed Militias In Tajoura City
Libyans have taken to the streets in the southeast of the capital Tripoli to protest against the presence of armed militias in the city of Tajoura.
Clashes broke out on Thursday between two militias loyal to the Tripoli-based and UN-recognized government of national accord. Militias used heavy weapons in a residential suburb that consequently resulted in the death of at least three persons. Several others were reported injured from the two camps and some private properties were damaged.
The United Nations support mission in the country had called for an urgent security reform on Friday as they reminded both parties of international humanitarian law obligations.
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