Islamist kill 10 Somali soldiers in attack on base

2014-12-15 13:38
Foreign security officers inspect wreckage at the scene of a suicide car bomb attack that targeted a United Nations convoy, outside the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Farah Abdi Warsameh, AP)

Foreign security officers inspect wreckage at the scene of a suicide car bomb attack that targeted a United Nations convoy, outside the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Farah Abdi Warsameh, AP)

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Mogadishu - Rebels from the Islamist al-Shabaab group attacked a military base in southern Somalia early on Monday, killing at least 10 soldiers and burning two military vehicles, officials said.

African Union and Somali troops launched an offensive this year that has driven al-Shabaab out of its last major strongholds. Monday's attack highlights the challenge of halting guerrilla-style raids by the al-Qaeda-aligned group.

"Al-Shabaab attacked our military forces at 03:00" in the Lower Shabelle region, Somali military officer Aden Nur told Reuters.

"They killed 10 soldiers and burnt two military vehicles [equipped] with anti-aircraft guns."

Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab's military spokesperson, said the group was behind the attack and said 14 Somali soldiers had been killed and three vehicles had been burned. Al-Shabaab often cites a higher death toll than the number given by officials.

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