Monday, March 7, 2016

6 wounded in Somali airport laptop blast

   Gulf Today- MOGADISHU: Six people were wounded on Monday when a laptop bomb exploded at an airport in Somalia, police said, the second such attack in recent weeks targeting passenger aircraft.

The bomb exploded at a checkpoint in the small central town of Beledweyne, some 325 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu.

“A laptop computer went off at the screening area, and the security forces have also managed to defuse two other explosive devices, one of them planted in a printer,” Police Lieutenant Colonel Ali Dhuh Abdi told reporters. ”Six people were wounded, two of them policemen.”

Meanwhile, in an unrelated development on Monday an Australian Navy ship has seized a huge cache of weapons near Oman’s coast from a fishing vessel bound for Somalia, the navy said, exposing a possible violation of a UN Security Council arms embargo.

The Australian navy, which patrols waters around the Indian Ocean as part of an international maritime force, said it had seized nearly 2,000 AK-47 rifles, 100 rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 49 PKM machine guns, 39 PKM spare barrels and 20 mortar tubes from the fishing vessel.

“The weapons were seized under United Nations sanctions, which authorise interdiction on the high seas of illicit weapons destined for Somalia,” the navy said in a statement.

One Western security source said the street value of the Australian Navy haul appeared to be more than $2 million.

The Australian Navy did not indicate who was the intended recipient of the weapons, which were found hidden under fishing nets.

The United Nations has a decades-long arms embargo in place against Somalia, which has been mired in conflict since civil war broke out in 1991.