Al-Shabaab attacks Ethiopian troop base in southern Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Al-Shabaab militants claim to have targeted Ethiopian national defense forces [ENDF] based in Gedo, an area of Jubaland that has witnessed skirmishes in recent months, with elections in Somalia around the corner.
Through friendly media sites, Al-Shabaab militants said they killed two Ethiopian soldiers using mortar shells, which were fired at the base which houses hundreds of Ethiopian soldiers responsible for security details in the region.
For months, militants have targeted army bases across the country to neutralize security teams operating in the region. Most of these attacks were successfully repelled by the security forces.
Neither AMISOM nor Ethiopian troops have responded to these claims, but the military generally censors this information for security reasons. Ethiopian troops rarely give out information about such incidents, especially when they suffer casualties.
The Gedo region is primarily the responsibility of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces and those of the Kenyan Defense Forces serving in AMISOM. The teams are also assisted by troops from the Somali National Army and the Jubaland security forces.
Meanwhile, AMISOM’s new Deputy Force Commander for Support and Logistics, Major General Gerbi Kebede Regassa, visited Ethiopian troops in Baidoa, southern state on Wednesday. western Somalia, where he met with commanders as part of an ongoing familiarization with the mission.
The commander had replaced Major General George Owinoh of Kenya, whose term had ended. AMISOM is a major security actor in Somalia and the team has successfully captured several Al-Shabaab strongholds in the country.