Al Shabaab troopers patrol in formation alongside the streets of Dayniile district in Southern Mogadishu, March 5, 2012. REUTERS/Feisal Omar.
Al-Shabaab Islamists on Wednesday carried out assaults on two Somali army bases, utilizing a suicide car bombing and dozens of closely armed militants, a army official stated.
African Union troops stepped in to assist repel the second, bigger assault after a suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives onto a bridge resulting in the Qoryoley military base some 95 kilometres (59 miles) west of Mogadishu and detonated it.
Earlier they’d attacked the Ceel-Salini army base some 30 kilometres away.
“The terrorists carried out an … attack on the military bases at Qoryoley and Ceel-salini but our brave boys repelled them, they (Shabaab) have suffered heavy casualties this morning and the army is in full control in both areas now,” stated Mohamed Adan, a Somali army commander in a close-by city.
“They have destroyed part of the bridge across the entrance to Qoryoley where the Somali military base is located using a vehicle loaded with explosives.”
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He stated the AU peacekeeping pressure AMISOM had helped combat the Al-Qaeda linked militants.
It was not but recognized what number of casualties there have been.
Witnesses stated dozens of closely armed Shabaab militants entered Qoryoley city and addressed a gathering of residents earlier than retreating.
“The Shabaab fighters entered the town and one of their commanders spoke with a gathering before they made their way out of the town, the situation is quiet now and the Somali forces backed by AMISOM soldiers are patrolling the streets,” Ali Moalim, a resident in Qoryoley stated by telephone.
Al-Shabaab claimed accountability for the assault in an announcement, saying they’d “captured a sizeable amount of military supplies”.
The group has fought for over a decade to topple the internationally-backed Somali authorities, and carries out common assaults towards civilian and authorities targets, regardless of shedding a lot of the territory they as soon as managed.