The militant group, which launches common assaults to undermine the Somali authorities backed by UN and African Union peacekeepers, has claimed the lives of 24 troopers.
Not less than 13 Somali troops have died after the military attacked the militant group al Shabab in a jungle and farms close to the Afgoye district northwest of the capital Mogadishu, a army official has mentioned.
Al Shabab has been preventing since 2008 to overthrow Somalia’s internationally acknowledged central authorities and set up its personal authorities primarily based by itself interpretation of Islamic legislation.
“We left the Afgoye district and attacked al Shabab on the farms exterior Afgoye,” Main Mohamed Ali informed Reuters, describing Wednesday’s incident within the district about 30 km from Mogadishu.
“We killed 4 militants and chased al Shabab,” Ali mentioned late Wednesday. “Many of the army got here again and we left two dozen troopers there. So tonight al Shabab attacked our troopers and killed 13.”
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Battle since 1991
Al Shabab, which launches common assaults in an try to undermine Somalia’s UN – backed authorities, claimed duty.
“We killed 24 troopers and the remainder escaped and ran away,” mentioned Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group’s spokesman for army operations.
The Somali authorities and al Shabab typically give totally different figures for casualties after assaults.
Deadly violence has engulfed Somalia since 1991, when clan warlords ousted chief Siad Barre after which turned towards one another.
Al Shabaab has created an ideal storm in Somalia