MOGADISHU – Somali armed group Al Shabaab says its fighters have carried out suicide and gun attack on military base near Kismayo, some 500km south of the capital of Mogadishu.
The attack started with suicide car bomb detonated at the entrance of the military base, then gunmen stormed into the base, clashing with the army forces.
The group claims to have killed at least 41 soldiers were killed during the attack.
In a statement aired by Radio Andulus, an Al Shabaab mouthpiece said, the group’s fighters had briefly seized the army base, after the soldiers retreated.
Somali military denies claims, saying its forces had repulsed the attack.
The group also claimed to have killed 57 Ethiopian soldiers serving under African Union force in Somalia, after bomb attack followed by an ambush carried out near Burhakaba town.
Last week, the al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab said its fighters had carried out deadly attack on hotel complex in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.