Deadly rockets hit African Union troops’ base in central Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali armed group al Shabaab has carried out mortar attack on army base manned by Ethiopian troops with African Union peacekeeping force in Halgan town of Hiran region.
The number of rockets reportedly landed into the army base, causing untold casualties, said, a local resident, who asked to be anonymous.
He says heavy explosions could be heard through the town.
Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliated group claimed the responsibility for the bombing.
The group did not say the casualty.
There was no immediate comment from African Union mission over the attack.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The al Qaeda linked group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally- backed government in Somalia.