At least 38 people were killed on Tuesday in an attack on the Al-Shabab terrorist group to the military base of the mission of the African Union (AU) of Shabelle in southern Somalia, according to a new balance security sources, quoted today by Lusa.
Mogadishu, Somalia. According to the most recent data, killed 25 Burundian soldiers, eight soldiers and five civilians in Somalia, he told EFE the deputy district commissioner of El Baraf, a town 130 kilometers north of Mogadishu and where is located the base.
The attack was launched in the early hours of the morning with a large explosion followed by an intense exchange of fire, said Ahmed Gedi, explaining that the mission responded to the attack using helicopters, which shows the scale of the attack of the terrorists.
The attack was claimed by Al-Shabab, which claimed to have killed up to 59 soldiers and wounded dozens, he said he had “full control of the military base”, having started the attack with suicide bombings, according to reports Local media conveyed by Efe.
So far, the AU mission has not officially confirmed the attack or the casualties.
However, the Federal Government of Somalia condemned the attack “in the strongest possible terms” and sent the “deepest condolences” to the victims and their families, as well as the AU and the Government and people of Burundi.
The government also praised the Somali army and the forces of the Mission Transition AU in Somalia (ATMIS in English acronym) “for having quickly repelled the terrorists.”
“We strongly reiterate our appeal to the international community to step up and provide greater capacity to support Somali and ATMIS security forces in the effective fight against terrorism in Somalia,” he added.
Since 2007, the African Union’s military mission in Somali soil (AMISOM), consisting of approximately 20,000 soldiers operating with the United Nations mandate to help Somali forces in their battle to stabilize the country in the Horn of Africa.
On 31 March, the AMISOM was replaced by ATIMIS after adoption of a resolution in the Council UN Security mission that foresees a gradual reduction of military positioned in Somalia and the withdrawal of all military effective in December 2024.
Al-Shabab, which joined the terrorist network al-Qaida in 2012, controls rural areas of central and southern Somalia, which seeks to establish an Islamic state by force Wahhabi (ultraconservative).
Somalia fell into a state of conflict and chaos with the overthrow of Mohamed Siad Barre’s government in 1991, which left the country without an effective government and in the hands of warlords and Islamist militias like al-Shabab.
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