Al-Shabaab ‘storm Amisom base’ in Somalia

Al-Shabaab fighters gathering in Elasha Biyaha, in the Afgoei Corridor, on February 13, 2012. AFP FILE PHOTO | MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB

Al-Shabaab fighters gathering in Elasha Biyaha, within the Afgoei Hall, on February 13, 2012. AFP FILE PHOTO | MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB


(AFP) – Militants from Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab group rammed a suicide automobile bomb into an African Union military base early Tuesday and stormed inside, an official and a witness mentioned.

There have been no quick studies on casualties, and the rebels mentioned in a press release that the Amisom troops had fled the bottom, located in Janale district, 80 kilometres (50 miles) southwest of Mogadishu within the decrease Shabele area.

However Amisom denied claims that the Shabaab had taken over the bottom.

“AMISOM can affirm that the bottom remains to be beneath AMISOM management. Experiences that the bottom has been taken over and our weapons captured are false,” the AU military power said in a submit on its Twitter account.

The bottom is considered manned by Burundian troopers.

“There was heavy explosion and combating broke out on the Amisom base in Janale. We do not have particulars however we’re listening to that Al-Shabaab militants attacked the bottom,” mentioned Mohamed Shire, a Somali navy commander primarily based within the area.

A neighborhood eyewitness mentioned Al-Shabaab fighters stormed into the bottom.

“Heavy combating broke out after a suicide bomber rammed his car into the camp,” mentioned native resident Ali Moalim Yusuf. “I noticed closely armed fighters chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is biggest’) pouring into the bottom.”

The militants, who’re combating to overthrow Somalia’s internationally backed and AU-protected authorities, confirmed they have been behind the assault.

“Mujaheddin fighters captured the bottom after a suicide bomber struck it, the enemy fled,” the Islamists mentioned in a quick assertion.

In June, Al-Shabaab fighters killed dozens of Burundian troopers after they overran an Amisom outpost northwest of the capital. The militants additionally stage frequent suicide assaults contained in the capital.

However Amisom, the 22,000-strong AU power in Somalia, has additionally made key positive factors in opposition to the militants in latest months, pushing them out of a number of strongholds within the southwest of the nation.

Aline Niyonkuru

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