Al-Shabab attack leaves 7 soldiers dead in south Somalia

Al-Shabab attack leaves 7 soldiers dead in south Somalia

HomeAfricaSomalia 1/2/2015 8:33:46 PM

At least seven Somali soldiers have been killed when al-Shabab militants launched an attack against a military base in Somalia’s southern region of Bay.

Captain Ahmed Idow, a Somali military officer, said al-Shabab members stormed the base in the city of Baidoa, situated 256 kilometers (159 miles) northwest of the capital, Mogadishu, on Friday morning.

“Al-Shabab attacked our base unexpectedly, early in the morning today. We lost seven soldiers,” Idow said.

He added that Somali soldiers killed three al-Shabab militants during the attack.

Colonel Ali Aden Houmed, spokesman for the headquarters of African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), said on December 25 that the militants launched an attack on the Halane military base, Somalia’s largest base for AU troops, in Mogadishu.

The AU official said at least eight militants stormed the base, adding that three of them were shot dead, while two others detonated their explosives and died near a fuel depot. Three others were also believed to have fled the scene of the attack.

Three AMISOM peacekeepers and a civilian contractor were killed in the attack.

The Somali government and the African Union forces have stepped up safety measures in an effort to prevent assaults by al-Shabab, which was pushed out of Mogadishu by the African Union troops in 2011.

The African Union has over 20,000 troops in Somalia to help the weak government battle al-Shabab.

The militant group holds several smaller towns and areas in the center and south of the country.

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