Somalia: Al-Shabab fighters attack army base
Jult 11, Mogadishu: At least 10 soldiers have been killed in fighting with Somalia's armed group al-Shabab as the group attacked an army base southwest of the capital, Mogadishu.
The attackers exploded a car packed with explosives before storming the Lanta Buro base in Lower Shabelle region, some 50km outside Mogadishu, on Monday morning, Reuters news agency reported.
"Heavy exchange of gunfire continued for hours," Major Ahmed Farah told Reuters from the nearby town of Afgooye. At least 12 al-Shabab fighters were killed, he added.
Residents said they heard heavy gunfire and an explosion before the fighters raised their black banner over the base.
According to local reports, the Somali army say only five soldiers were killed, but they do admit that at least two trucks were taken away.
Al-Shabab often launches attacks on Somali security forces, officials and army bases in an effort to topple the government and impose its own brand of government on Somalia.
On Sunday, more than 100 members of al-Shabab raided a police station in northeast Kenya overnight, wounding one officer and making off with arms and ammunition, according to police.
The Oslo Times International News Network