Somali military says Al Shabaab attack foiled, 20 killed
MOGADISHU – Somali military says its forces have killed 20 Al Shabaab militants in a botched attack on a military base in Barire town, some 60km west of the capital, Mogadishu.
Somalia’s infantry forces’ chief General Odawaa says the military forces had repulsed an orchestrated attack, killing 20 militants.
He said the militants attempted to carry out a terror attack on the military base in the town on Sunday, adding that the attack was foiled.
We have killed 20 militants after our brave forces averted their dreadful attack and neutralized them on the ground.
There was no immediate comment from Al Shabaab.
Last week, at least seven soldiers, including a journalist were killed in suicide and gun attack on army base claimed by Al Shabaab in Awdhegle town, some 70km south of Mogadishu.
The al Qaeda linked group al Shabaab claimed the responsibility for the attack, saying its fighters had killed at least 53 government soldiers.
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.