US slams Al Shabaab attack on its drone base in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia— The United States condemned Monday’s attack on its drone base in Baledogle town, some 70 miles northwest of the capital, Mogadishu.
The attack started with a suicide car bomb explosion that targeted front gates of the base, then gunmen stormed inside, a witness said.
US ambassador to Somalia, Donald Y. Yamamoto has commended the Somali security forces for repelling the attack claimed by Al Shabaab.
Yamamoto says the security forces stopped the attack, adding that the gunmen were not allowed to breach the outer defensive perimeters of the base.
“We are thankful that there were no causalities resulted in the attack”, he said.
He says the Islamic militant group demonstrates its violently opposes progress towards peace and prosperity in Somalia.
Washington affirms its strong commitment to the government of Somalia and to assist collective efforts to degrade terror groups.
In an online statement, the armed group says over 100 soldiers were killed in the attack.
The attack comes as Italian military vehicle was hit by a bomb explosion in the capital of Mogadishu on Monday, causing untold casualties.
Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group, which wants topple the weak-western backed government of Somalia.