Somali journalist among soldiers killed in attack by Al Shabaab
MOGADISHU— A Somali journalist Abdinasir Gacal Abdulle was among seven soldiers who lost their lives in bomb and gun attack on a military base in Awdhegle town, some 70km south of the capital, Mogadishu.
Abdulle was a cameraman, working for state radio to cover latest military operation which country’s army forces recaptured Awdhegle town from Al Shabaab.
He died on the spot shortly after a car laden with explosives detonated near the entrance of the army base, leaving seven other soldiers dead, a military official, who asked to be anonymous said.
“Journalist Abdulle was his duty when the first explosion went off, then heavily armed Al Shabaab carried out an ambush attack after the bomb blast”, he said.
Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed the responsibility for the attack, saying its fighters had killed at least 53 government soldiers.
The attack comes a week after the army forces re-seized the town without firing a single shot, according to a military statement seen by Mareeg Online.
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.