Deadly attack kills 26 in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least 26 people – 10 soldiers and 16 militants were killed earlier on Wednesday in an al Shabaab attack on army base in Qoryoley town, about 95 km south west of the Somali capital, Mogadishu
The attack started with a car bomb explosion targeting a military base in the town, and then the militants fought against local militias backed by country’s army forces, a witness said.
He says the militants also attempted to destroy the main bridges in the town, but the coalition forces foiled the attack, VOA quoting regional official, Abdi Ahmed said.
At least 10 military soldiers and 16 militants were killed during the attack, a reliable source said.
Meanwhile, a suicide car bomb explosion also targeted a military base in El-Salini area, some 60km south west of Mogadishu.
In the 2nd attack, at least four soldiers and six militants were reportedly killed, according to country’s army radio.
Somali based group al Shabab says it has carried out both attacks, but it did not say how many were killed or injured.
al Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group in Somalia has been battling against the weak-western backed government based in Mogadishu for more than ten years.
The group was ousted out of Mogadishu in 2011 by the Somali army forces and African Union force.
It also lost key towns in south and central regions to allied forces, but the insurgent group still holds large swaths in rural areas of Somalia.
With Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia