Somali army attacks al-Shabab base

Heavy clashes erupt after government soldiers attack base used by anti-government group near Kenyan border.

by
    Somali army attacks al-Shabab base
    Al-Shabab denied a claim by the Kenyan military that 30 fighters had been killed [Al Jazeera]

    Somali government soldiers, backed by African Union peacekeepers, have clashed with al-Shabab fighters on the outskirts of Kolbiyo, a town in lower Jubba province near the Kenya-Somalia border.

    About 80 government soldiers on pick-up trucks attacked the group's bases 10km from the town on Saturday, an al-Shabab spokesman told Al Jazeera.

    The early-morning attack lasted for more than an hour, he said.

    The Kenyan military said dozens of fighters from the anti-government group was killed in the ensuing clashes.

    "Somali National Army kill over 30 al shabaab in Kolbio, close to Kenya border," spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir said on his Twitter account.

    But al-Shabab denied the claim.

    "We have not lost a single fighter. We killed four apostate soldiers and critically injured their colonel who was leading their attack," the group's spokesman told Al Jazeera.

    Previous attacks

    The al-Shabab base that the government soldiers attacked is close to Kolbiyo and not far from Badhadhe. Both towns have been scenes of recent attacks by the group fighting the UN-backed Somali government.

    The base is also thought to be used by al-Shabab to carry out cross-border attacks in Kenya.

    The Kenya Defence Forces said on Thursday that they had destroyed a training camp used by members of al-Shabab who attacked the Westgate Mall on September 21.

    The camp had more than 300 fighters, many of whom are believed to have been killed or injured, the KDF said in a statement.

    But al-Shabab denied the report. "Not true. This week we killed 12 soldiers from Sierra Leone and 5 from Kenya in the Jubba region alone." the al-shabab spokesman said.

    Follow Hamza Mohamed on Twitter: hamza_africa

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From Zimbabwe to England: A story of war, home and identity

    The country I saw as home, my parents saw as oppressors

    What happens when you reject the identity your parents fought for and embrace that of those they fought against?

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    One woman shares the story of her life with polycystic kidney disease and sees parallels with the plight of the planet.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.