(CNN) Feb 2nd 2016..The jihadist group Al-Shabaab on Saturday claimed responsibility for a bomb blast on a Somali passenger plane this month — an explosion that authorities say killed only the alleged bomber. The Daallo Airlines plane, which took off from Somalia’s capital bound for Djibouti on February 2, landed back in Mogadishu despite the blast, which Somali authorities say was caused by a laptop computer containing a bomb. The bomber — identified by authorities as Abdullahi Abdisalam Borleh — was sucked out of the airliner through a hole from the explosion. In a statement released online, Al-Shabaab said the operation targeted “Western intelligence officials and Turkish NATO forces aboard the airplane bound for Djibouti.” The statement admitted that the bombing did not go as planned. “While the operation did not bring down the plane as Allah had decreed, it struck terror in the hearts of the crusaders,” the statement reads. The group vowed to continue targeting “Western intelligence teams” that operate in Somalia.
Source: ‘Sophisticated’ laptop bomb on Somali plane got through X-ray machine. At the time of the blast, the Daallo plane was estimated to between at an altitude of 12,000 to 14,000 feet after taking off from Mogadishu International Airport. Investigators suspect the attacker, a Somali national, carried the laptop computer with a bomb in it onto the flight, a source close to the investigation told CNN. The bomber knew precisely where to sit and how to place the device to maximize damage, the source told CNN. Given the placement, the blast likely would have set off a catastrophic secondary explosion in the fuel tank if the aircraft had reached cruising altitude, the source said. If Al-Shabaab did indeed build the explosive device, it represents a significant elevation in its bomb-making capabilities, according to analysts. Given the sophistication of the device, one possibility is that al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen — al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — shared technology with the group. AQAP bomb-maker Ibrahim al Asiri has been developing a new generation of explosive devices concealed in electronics, according to Western intelligence officials, and there are indications the group has shared this technology with al Qaeda affiliates in Syria.
BOSASO, Puntland Somalia April 26th 2017- Security forces of Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland have arrested suspected Al-shabaab terrorists carrying explosives in the city of Bosaso, the commercial hub of the region on Tuesday night, Garowe Online reports. The security forces conducted a special operation in the city and apprehended five suspects believed to be linked to the terrorist group al-Shabaab, attempting to carry out terrorist attacks in Bosaso, right next door to Somaliland. President Trump is right banning flights from Somalia whose 3rd largest airport is located in Bosaso near Somaliland where Al-Shabbab has infiltrated. Bosaso Airport in Bosaso Somalia has connecting flights to Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. Asked about the targeted areas which the Al-Shabaab suspects aimed to attack, the official said there are no clear information on the matter but noted the group is known to target officials, government buildings, public places, suicide bombings and possibly hijacking aircraft.
ABC News and CBS 60 minutes have been reporting on the Somaliland famine crisis which is compounded by outbreaks of cholera and tuberculosis, political instability, and the presence of the terrorist group al-Shabaab, which blocks movements by those trying to deliver aid. There is also a lack of money. The UN said last month that it needed US$4.4 billion by July in order to avoid mass starvation. Patricia Erb, CEO of Save the Children Canada, is working in Somaliland and says it’s clear that more money is needed. Somalia is still one of the most dangerous places in the world, plagued by the terror group al-Shabaab. Somaliland broke away from Somalia in 1991 but is not internationally recognized. It has largely been spared the unrest and insurgency driven by al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab in the rest of Somalia, but recent events indicate that al-Shabaab has infiltrated nearby Bosaso.
APRIL 8th, 2017…Five al-Shabab militants convicted of murdering senior officials in the north eastern Somalia town of Bosaso have been executed by firing squad. The men were sentenced to death in February by a military court in Bosaso port town, the commercial hub of Puntland, Somali federal member state. The court said the men were involved in identifying possible targets, and carrying out assassinations against officials. Abdifitah Haji Adam, Chairperson of Puntland military court, told VOA Somali Service that the court found the suspects guilty and gave them the death penalty two months ago. “The men were al-Shabaab members. They were behind assassinations that happened here in Bososo, including the killing of the director of Puntland State presidency and the General Attorney of the army. They included murderers and accomplices. The court found them guilty and sentenced them to death in February, and today the sentences have been carried out,” said Adam.
Al-Shabab, a terrorist group that emerged amid Somalia’s years of chaos, once controlled large swathes of South and Central Somalia. U.S. drone strikes killed some of the group’s top leaders, weakening its military power in south and central Somali, causing some of its fighters to spread north to the Puntland mountainous areas to set up bases. The group still is capable of carrying out frequent suicide bombings and assaults on Somalia’s hotels and military targets, proving to be more resilient than expected. In Puntland, the militant group recently assassinated dozens of government officials, including the attorney general of Puntland Military Courts, AbdiKarim Hasan Fidiye, third deputy commander of Puntalnd Police Forces, and the director of the Presidential Palace.
4 Hurlburt Field airmen die in crash in Somaliland Africa. The U-28A aircraft the airmen were aboard crashed Saturday, 2/18/2012, near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in Somaliland. The men were returning from a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to a Hurlburt Field Florida news release and were 12 miles out when the plane went down…there is no known cause for the plane crash. The crash does not appear to be the result of hostile fire, Staff Sgt. Ryan Whitney of the 1st Special Operations Wing said Monday. “But that won’t be completely determined until there is a thorough investigation.” Whitney said there is no way to know at this point how long an investigation will take.
The U-28A Recon Spy Plane has a maximum cruise speed of 270 knots or 310 miles per hour (MPH) and a maximum ceiling of 30,000 feet. The U-28A Recon Spy Plane can land on dirt or grass strips, it is not a high speed plane nor does it need paved runways. Camp Lemonnier DJIBOUTI AFRICA, CJTF-HOA Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa conducts operations in the Combined Joint Operations in Somalia and Yemen. The access agreement made by officials from the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti with the Djiboutian government allows for use of the camp, as well as a nearby airport and port facilities. As the only U.S. military installation in Africa, Camp Lemonnier enables Special Forces operations in the Horn of Africa. After the 2001 terror attacks, the U.S. began to expand anti-terrorism efforts in the region. As a result, it established the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Today, Camp Lemonnier is home to CJTF-HOA and 23 tenant commands.
The Al-Shabaab terror group in Somalia have published a story on the SomaliMemo website about the U-28A plane going down and the four Hurlburt AFB men killed, Insha alah alaahu akbar God is Great, see link CLICK HERE. US SPY PLANE GOES DOWN IN SOMALIA AFRICA. Let’s see how long it takes the Al-Shabaab terror group (aligned with Al-Qaeda) to claim they shot down the U-28A spy plane and publish it on the Somali Memo website http://www.somalimemo.net/.
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