Somalia: Alqaida-linked Alshabaab kills 6 soldiers, overruns military base

Somalia’s Al-Qaida-linked group, Alshabaab, has killed at least 6 government soldiers and wounded dozens after a sudden foray on a military base at Keli Warabow village at the suburb of Hirshabelleh regional state’s administrative capital, Jowhar.

According to Alshabaab sources the Islamic fighters have overrun the base killing several soldiers and wounding more than 30 others. Alshabaab said that its fighters seized assorted ammunitions, weapons and other military equipment left behind by the defeated soldiers.

Local people have reported that they saw government soldiers routed in disarray.  According to the local residents, the corpses of at least 6 soldiers were also left lying on the battle ground.  Neither the Somali government nor the Hirshabelleh State has commented on the onslaught.

Somali government has recently professed that its forces were gaining grounds against the Islamists, a claim which is not independently confirmed.

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