MOGADISHU – Somali armed group al Shabaab has carried out an attack Ethiopian troops’ base in Halgan town, some 270km north of the capital, Mogadishu.
The attack triggered a fierce clash between al Shabaab and Ethiopian troops serving under African Union mission, a witness said.
He says the peacekeeping troops repulsed militants’ attack.
Three African Union soldiers were killed in the fighting, according to a statement aired by Somalimemo, an Al Shabaab mouthpiece.
There was no comment from AU mission over the claims.
Last week, al Shabaab claimed to have killed 11 Ethiopian troops in an explosion followed by ambush attack near Bardale town in south west of Somalia.
Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group, which wants to topple the weak-western backed government of Somalia.
The group also carried out deadly attacks on AU, Somali army bases, with some of those attacks targeted hotels, popular eateries and other public gatherings in the capital of Mogadishu.
The rebel group has been waging insurgency for more than ten years in Somalia.