Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Many Feared Dead After Al-Shabaab Attacked Somalia




Somalia’s al Shabaab terrorist group rammed a military base with a suicide truck bomb, shot dead an intelligence officer and killed 12 people in a Kenyan border town. The group, which once ruled much of Somalia, wants to topple the Western-backed government in Mogadishu.

 It also planned to drive out African AMISOM peacekeepers made up of soldiers from Kenya, Djibouti, Uganda, Ethiopia and other African nations. The attacks mark the build up to elections in coming weeks for the Somali parliament, which will in turn pick a new president to continue slow reconstruction efforts in a nation racked by more than two decades of conflict. al Shabaab spokesman, Abdiasis Abu Musab said the group was behind a truck bomb that rammed into an AMISOM base in the Somali town of Beledweyne, north of Mogadishu.

 He said 17 soldiers from Djibouti were killed. AMISOM, which is battling the rebels in support of the government, said a vehicle packed with explosives was set off at the base and 10 suspected al Shabaab militants attacked.

“The terrorists were all killed. “Reinforcement from a nearby base was rushed to the camp and the situation swiftly brought under control,” AMISOM said. al Shabaab, whose assessment of casualties often varies from those of officials, typically rams the entrance to a target site with a car or truck bomb so that its fighters can storm in. The al Shabaab spokesman also said the group shot senior intelligence officer, Colonel Abdiasis Araye, as he walked to a mosque late on Monday. NAN.

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