Shabaab militants attack Somali army base killing at least 8

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Reside­nts say attack left our bodies of govern­ment soldie­rs scatte­crimson at the floor whilst milita­nts looted the base

Bystanders look at the wreckage of a minibus after a car bomb exploded in the centre of Mogadishu on September 28, 2017.  At least seven people were killed and several others wounded after a car bomb exploded near a marketplace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, a city official said. The blast occurred alongside a densely populated road near Hamarweyne market, an area where bombings claimed by the Islamist Shabaab insurgency have previously occurred. PHOTO: AFP

Bystanders glance at the wreckage of a minibus after a automobile bomb exploded within the centre of Mogadishu on September 28, 2017. At least seven folks have been killed and a number of other others wounded after a automobile bomb exploded close to a market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, a town legit stated. The blast passed off along a densely populated highway close to Hamarweyne marketplace, a space the place bombings claimed via the Islamist Shabaab insurgency have in the past passed off. PHOTO: AFP

MOGADISHU: Shabaab militants attacked a Somali army base early Friday within the southern the city of Barire, killing at least 8 squaddies and stealing apparatus, officers and witnesses stated.

The attack at the Somali National Army army camp in Barire, round 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the capital Mogadishu, started with two suicide attackers detonating their automobile bombs ahead of gunmen overran the base.

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“There was heavy fighting this morning,” stated Mohamed Haji Ali, a Somali army commander, confirming the attack to native media with out offering main points of casualties.

Residents stated the attack left our bodies of presidency squaddies scattered at the floor whilst Shabaab combatants looted the base stealing automobiles and guns.

“There were dead bodies around the military camp and I counted about eight of them from the Somali military but it could be more than that,” stated Abdulahi Muktar.

Another resident described listening to two massive blasts adopted via heavy gunfire.

“This attack was very sophisticated with the militants raiding the base from three directions, there were two huge blasts presumably suicide bombs,” stated Mohamed Malim.

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SNA forces had best established the army outpost at Barire just lately after taking keep watch over of the city in August with the assistance of African Union troops. The Shabaab claimed the raid in a commentary, confirming using suicide bombers.

“The attack started with two suicide bombings,” the militants stated. “The Mujahedeen fighters forcefully took control of Barire, they destroyed the military base and confiscated about 11 vehicles, five of them mounted with machine guns.”

The al Qaeda aligned crew has been preventing to overthrow successive internationally-backed governments in Somalia for the decade and carries out widespread assaults on army, govt and civilian objectives.

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