Al Shabaab kill 8 soldiers in ambush
11 July 2016, 11:36
Mogadishu - Eight soldiers were killed when a suicide car bomb targeted a Somalia
military training camp and attackers then entered the base on foot, the
military said Monday.
The car bomb on Monday morning allowed the
fighters to infiltrate the Lanta Buro base in Lower Shabelle region, a
military officer, Said Mohamed Adawe, told The Associated Press.
are still in control of the base," a senior Somali military official
said, insisting on speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not
authorized to speak to the media.
The Somalia-based al-Shabab
extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it killed
30 soldiers. Al-Shabab also targeted the camp last year with a similar
attack, killing more than 15 soldiers.
Residents said they heard heavy gunfire and an explosion Monday before the extremists raised their black banner over the base.
officials said the attackers confiscated military vehicles and arms
during the attack, which highlights the challenges facing the government
and African Union forces in restoring peace and stability in the Horn
of Africa nation.
Al-Shabab, which maintains a military presence
largely in rural areas, has stepped up attacks on military bases across
large parts of south and central Somalia.
The latest attack comes a
few days after Somalia's armed forces chief warned troops of possible
new attacks by "desperate" extremist fighters who lost key strongholds
to Somali troops but later regrouped.