Al-Shabaab attacks military base after loss of key stronghold

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MOGADISHU [SMN] – Al-Shabaab executed a daring dawn raid against a Somali military camp in the Middle Shabelle region, the latest in a series of hit-and-run attacks.

 

Residents in Hawadley, about 75 kilometers north of the capital, Mogadishu reported a complex attack on a newly established army base in the small town after the Fajr prayers.

Heavily militants made their way into the camp after detonating car bombs at the gates and then engaged in a gunfight with the Somali troops and local clan fighters.

There were no immediate reports of the casualties but Al-Shabaab said it killed soldiers and commanders from the Somali National Army [SNA] in the Tuesday morning assault.

On the 9th of this month, a similar attack happened in the area where SNA killed as many as 60 attackers from Al-Shabaab in the foiled base raid.

Today’s attack comes hours after Somali troops captured Harardhere town in the Mudug region from Al-Shabaab. The takeover followed the seizure of nearby areas, including Gal’ad.

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