Operations at the Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, have been suspended for the next two days after it was revealed on Sunday that suspected al-Shabaab militants opened fire on a Russian helicopter taking part in UN humanitarian operations last week, according to the Russian embassy in Djibouti.
BREAKING; All flights in Somalia suspended for two days after a government directive .Senior Military officers of ATMIS group from Burundi, Rwanda , Uganda , Djibouti, Ethiopia and kenya expected to jet into the country today. The airpot closure will likely result in flights
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“The Russian helicopter of UTair-Helicopter services, participating in the air transport support of the UN humanitarian mission in Somalia, was shelled in the international airport of Mogadishu. The helicopter was insignificantly damaged. There are no casualties as a result of the incident, and the Russian pilots continue to work as normal,” the embassy told Sputnik.
So far, al-Shabaab has not confirmed its involvement.