Dozens reported killed as al-Qaeda-linked jihadists attack African Union base in Somalia

Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab militants are claiming to have killed dozens of African Union peacekeepers in a dawn raid Friday on their base in southwestern Somalia. Fighting is continuing inside the base, a Somalian military official says.

Heavily armed militants from the Al-Shabaab extremist Islamist group launched an attack on a military base run by Kenyan troops, a contributing military force of the African Union, the Associated Press reports.

The offensive started with a suicide bomber exploding in a car at the entrance to the base. Following the explosion, heavy fire started and the extremists stormed the base.

The fighting inside the base is continuing, a Somalian military official has confirmed. The base is situated in the town of El-Ade in Somalia’s Gedo region, near the Kenyan border.

Al-Shabaab online radio announced that its fighters had penetrated the base and killed more than 60 Kenya Defense Force soldiers. The terrorists claim they have seized large number of weapons and vehicles at the military base.

“Our fighters went in and after a heavy exchange of gunfire we took over the base,” Al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, told Reuters, which cited residents as reporting sporadic gunfire inside the military compound.

Source: RT