4 Somali soldiers killed in attack by Islamic extremists

2017-09-11 20:32
A Somali Islamist insurgent takes position in a street of the Tarbunka area of Mogadishu. Shabaab insurgents are responsible for the killing of thousands of Somali civilians. (AFP, File picture)

A Somali Islamist insurgent takes position in a street of the Tarbunka area of Mogadishu. Shabaab insurgents are responsible for the killing of thousands of Somali civilians. (AFP, File picture)

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Mogadishu - A Somali military official says Islamic extremist fighters killed four government soldiers and briefly took a town near the border with Kenya Monday.

Colonel Osman Ali said the Monday morning attack on the town of Beled-Hawo started with a suicide car bombing targeting government troops' frontline defenses. A gunfight then followed between al-Shabaab fighters and Somali troops.

He said some soldiers fled across the border into Kenya before returning to recapture the town from al-Shabaab fighters, who had retreated amid air strikes by Kenyan army.

Al-Shabaab frequently carries out attacks on government troops and African Union peacekeepers, whose deployment the group opposes.

Al-Shabaab is fighting to create a strict Islamic state in this Horn of Africa nation.

Read more on:    al shabaab  |  kenya  |  somalia  |  east africa
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