Al Shabab attacks military base, kills at least one person

Al Shabab attacks Somalian military base, killing at least one person, Somalian government and militant group say

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Somali woman walks past the scene of an explosion following an attack in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, March 9, 2016.

Al Shabab militant group attacked a Somali military base, southwest of the capital Mogadishu, on Sunday night, killing at least one person and seizing military equipment, the Somalian government and militant group said.

The attack on the base in Laanta Buuro, about 45 km (28 miles) from the capital, developed after African Union troops from Kenya said that they killed 34 Al Shabab militants in two separate incidents on the weekend.

The Somalian government has been struggling to rebuild the country after more than two decades of clashes with Al Shabab.

Al Shabab, which aims to overthrow “the Western-backed Somalian government,” that ruled large areas of Somalia until the African Union and Somali troops drove them out of Mogadishu in 2011.

"The militants were so many, and well-armed," military officer Abdullahi told Reuters on Monday. "The soldiers fled the base – only one soldier died – but [Al-Shabab militants] took nine vehicles.”

An Al Shabab spokesman also confirmed the attack and said that the militant group killed 70 people.

"We left only one truck that was burning. Seven of the vehicles we took had anti-aircraft guns fixed on," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al Shabab's military spokesman, told Reuters.

However, the militant group frequently trends to exaggerate causality numbers and downplays the numbers of its militants killed. 

TRTWorld and agencies