Mogadishu-Somalia’s Al Shabaab militants have attacked an army base northwest of the capital Mogadishu killing several government soldiers, officials and the militants said on Tuesday.
The Islamist group that has terrorized hunger stricken Somalia in the previous years, said they have captured the town of Goofgaduud about 250 km (160 miles) northwest of Mogadishu.
No government official has so far confirmed the capture of Goofgaduud but a military but a military official in the region, a Mohamed Aden told Reuters that “Al Shabaab attacked our base in Goofgaduud in the morning and ambushed other forces that were sent for reinforcement.”
“We lost at least seven soldiers and one military truck was burnt,” he told Reuters.
Al Shabaab’s casualty figures and those announced by officials often differ.
The group, which was driven out of the capital Mogadishu a few years ago is fighting to impose sharia law in Somalia.
Despite African Union and Somali troops taking control of major towns in Somalia, the insurgents have frequently launched raids and deadly attacks in Mogadishu and other regions controlled by the federal government.
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