7 killed in Shabaab attacks in Somalia

2015-01-03 10:01
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Mogadishu - Six Somali soldiers and one civilian were killed on Friday in an attack by Shabaab militants on a military checkpoint in Baidoa and in a car bombing in the capital Mogadishu, officials said.

A Somali military official, Colonel Mohamed Hassan, said six soldiers died when the Shabaab, al-Qaeda's main African affiliate, carried out a pre-dawn raid against their post near Baidoa, about 250km northwest of Mogadishu.

"The Shabaab fighters attacked three locations including the checkpoint outside Baidoa. Three of their fighters were killed," said Suleyman Abdulahi, another local official.

In another incident, a civilian was killed and two other wounded in a car bombing blamed on the Shabaab, who are fighting to topple Somalia's internationally-backed government.

"They attached a car bomb to the civilian's car. The civilian was killed and two others wounded," interior ministry spokesperson Mohamed Yusuf told reporters.

The attacks came at the end of a week which saw the United States conduct another air strike against the group.

The Somali government said the Shabaab's intelligence chief, Abdishakur Tahlil, was killed in Monday night's raid.

The Shabab's former leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was also killed by a US air strike in September.

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