Al Shabab allegedly kills 30 Somali military trainees

Al Shabab allegedly kills 30 Somali military trainees southwest of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Somali men take a wounded person to an ambulance outside the Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu on Sunday

Al Shabab ambushed some military trainees on Monday in southwest of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, killing 30, however the death toll is yet uncertain.

According to a Somali military officer, the ambush was confirmed, but the clash was ongoing so the casualties have yet to be confirmed.

Military officer Ahmed Ibrahim told Reuters "We understand al Shabab ambushed the Somali military commando trainees and captured two military pickup trucks.”

"It is too early to know what the casualties are because fighting is still going on in the jungle," he added.

Al Shabab's military spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, said that they killed 30 military trainees and captured four military trucks.  

"We are pursuing the rest who fled," he said.

On November 1, Al Shabab attacked a hotel and killed at least 15 people and wounded dozens more in Somalia's capital Mogadishu. A car bomb exploded at the gate of the Sahafi Hotel and the attackers rushed into the hotel, clashing with security guards.

A suicide bomber blowed up another explosive inside the hotel.

In September, residents and Al Shabab sources reported the killing of dozens of African Union soldiers in an attack carried out by the militant group in southern Somalia.

Another resident said that the militants also "destroyed" the famous Jannaale bridge over Shabelle river prior to the attack on the AU military base.

In 2012, the militants pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda militant group. They are fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu, and still control some parts of the rural south.

In July, government and African Union troops launched a several offensive targeting Shebab strongholds in southern Somalia.  

TRTWorld and agencies