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87 Al-Shabaab Fighters Killed By Somali Forces

87 Al-Shabaab Fighters Killed By Somali Forces
  • PublishedJuly 24, 2018

At least 87 members of the jihadist group al-Shabaab were killed by Security forces after they stormed a military base in Somalia’s south.

According to the Deputy information minister Aden Ali said Monday,  soldiers were killed in the battle near the port city of Kismayo in the Lower Juba region.

Earlier on Monday, a senior military official from the region, Mukhtar Mohamed, had placed the death toll at 15, including 10 al-Shabaab militants and five Somali soldiers.

“The attack began when a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into the entrance of the base, and then it was followed by heavily armed militants from different directions,” said Mohamed.

“Following an hours-long assault by militants, our troops were able to repel them out of the area,” Mohamed added.

Al-Shabaab later claimed on pro-insurgent Radio Andalus that they had killed 27 soldiers at the base.

The base is staffed by regional forces and some Somali elite forces trained and funded by the United States government.

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group is fighting to topple the country’s government and establish an Islamist state based on its strict interpretation of Islamic law.

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