19 killed in al-Shabaab attack on Somali military base





Mogadishu - At least 19 people were killed early Saturday in an attack by terrorist group al-Shabaab on a Somali military base.



 
Twelve al-Shabaab militants and seven Somali soldiers were among the dead, said General Ali Mohamed Mohamud, a senior Somali army commander.
The militants launched the attack by detonating a vehicle packed with explosives at an entrance to the Bar-Sanguni base in Lower Juba province. The explosion was followed by an intense exchange of gunfire.
The general said the attack had ended, and the Somali military was "in full control of the area."
The terrorist group, which is known to exaggerate casualty numbers, said in a radio broadcast that it had killed 15 soldiers and captured military equipment.
Al-Shabaab, a group affiliated with the international al-Qaeda terrorist network, launches regular attacks against government officials, foreigners, hotels and restaurants within the volatile nation.
The jihadist group claimed responsibility for a gun and bombing attack at an upscale hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday in which 21 people were killed.

 


Saturday, January 19th 2019
(dpa)
           


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