MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least seven government soldiers were killed in a suicide car bomb attack on a military base in the southwest of Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The explosion followed by heavy exchanges of gunfire targeted army base in Awdhegle town, some 70 kilometers south of Mogadishu.
13 other soldiers were also injured in the attack.
Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it killed at least 50 government soldiers after the Wednesday’s suicide attack.
The attack comes a week after Somali army forces recaptured Awdhegle town from Al Shabaab.
Al Shabaab, the deadliest Islamic organization in Africa declared their allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2010.
The militant group was driven out of Mogadishu capital in 2011, and have since lost many strongholds to Somali army and African Union troops
The al Qaeda linked group still holds large rural swathes of the country and continue to wage a guerilla war against the Western-backed government of Somalia.