Al-Shabaab attacks Ethiopian military base, claims to have killed dozens of soldiers

uni1465612001{BNN/MOGADISHU, Somalia} – Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab attacked an Ethiopian military base on June 10. They said that they killed 60 Ethiopian soldiers in the attack.

According to reports, the Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group rammed a suicide car bomb at the entrance of the base in Halgan in Hiran region.

Al-Shabaab has claimed that they killed 60 soldiers while 16 of their own militants were killed in the attack.

According to Reuters, Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman said, “It was a huge blast. It destroyed the gate and parts of the base.”

According to reports, Al-Shabaab militants engaged in gunfire with the Ethiopian soldiers and they also fought off counter attack from another base in the area.

Al-Shabaab attacked AU Mission (Amisom), which supports the government and want to regain control of the country, regularly. Amisom is made up of 22,000 soldiers and police from African nations.

However, Amisom has disputed Al-Shabaab’s claims.

Amisom has said that it repelled the group’s attack and killed 110 of its militants.

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Kibet, spokesman for the African Union’s AMISOM force reportedly said, “AMISOM forces killed 110 al Shabaab and captured a large cache of weapons.”

Meanwhile, reports have said that Somali Security Minister Abdirizak Mohamed Ahmed told state-owned Radio Muqdisho that officials had counted 240 bodies of militants. He added that nine Amisom soldiers had been killed.

Residents of Halgan, which is 300 km (around 190 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu said that they heard a huge explosion which was followed by gunfire.

The number of deceased cited by authorities and Al-Shabaab are always different.

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