Al-Shabab attack kills dozens of Ugandan troops in Somalia

Calvin Saunders
April 4, 2018

"We had a frightening day but the situation is calm now", said Nur Yusuf, a local elder reached by phone, who added that African Union and Somali troops were patrolling the town in the evening.

The special representative of the chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Francisco Caetano Madeira, said in a statement that AMISOM troops had fought off and successfully pushed back al-Shabaab militants Sunday.

It frequently targets Amisom bases and Somali government institutions - attacks that have intensified recently, even as American strikes against the group have increased.

A police major stationed in a nearby town also said two auto bombs exploded outside the base before the al Shabaab fighters entered it.

Islamist insurgents battled for hours on Sunday with African Union troops after exploding two vehicle bombs outside one of their bases, Somali police, military and the militants said.

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Abdi Dahir Gure, Bula-burte District Commissioner, confirmed the incident, saying a father and mother including their four children were among those killed in the latest landmine attack by al-Shabab militants. AMISOM said it lost four soldiers in the ensuing battles and killed 30 al-Shabaab fighters.

The group said that 14 of its fighters were killed during the attack on the African Union base, according to Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Musab, the group's military spokesman.

However, Brig Karemire rebutted: "Do not fall into the propaganda of al-Shabaab".

Somali government forces have been battling al-Shabab militants since 2006.

"Then a large number of Al Shabab fighters began firing from under the trees", Mr. Osman told Reuters.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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