Al-Shabab gunmen attack military base in central Somalia | Armed Groups News

The latest attack comes within days of an al-Shabab suicide bombing near a military base in the capital Mogadishu.

Suspected al-Shabab militants attacked a Somali military base in central Galgaduud on Monday, the Defense Ministry said, days after the area was taken over by government forces, the Defense Ministry said. hold.

The army repelled an attack on a national and local army base in Qayib, a village captured from al-Shabab last week, Defense Ministry spokesman Abdullahi Ali Anod told the news agency. ton state SONNA.

The attack began with two suicide car bombs at around 5 a.m. local time (02:00 GMT), followed by hours of fierce fighting, said Ahmed Hassan, an army officer in the town. Bahdo nearby, told Reuters news agency.

It is unclear how many people were killed in the raid, Hassan said.

In a statement, al-Shabab spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab said the group carried out the attack in Qayib using suicide car bombs before their warplanes attacked from other directions. together. Abu Musab said the warplanes killed several soldiers and stole weapons and military vehicles.

Government forces, backed by ethnic militias, have achieved a number of battlefield victories against al-Shabab over the past three months, regaining territory long held by the group.

In response, al-Shabab kill at least 100 people in the twin car bombing at the Ministry of Education in the capital Mogadishu, on October 29, the deadliest explosion in five years.

A suicide bomber also killed at least five people and wounded 11 others in an incident near a military training camp in Mogadishu on Saturday.

Al-Shabab, an armed group allied with al-Qaeda fighting in Somalia for more than a decade, is seeking to overthrow the country’s central government and establish its own rule based on interpretation. strictness of Islamic law.

Its warplanes were driven out of Mogadishu by African Union peacekeepers in 2011. But it still controls the countryside of Somalia and has stepped up attacks since the time. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud inaugurated in May and committed an “all-out war” against the group.

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