Somalia: Alshabaab Islamic fighters overrun security checkpoint killing dozens

Mogadishu, July 8 (hornnews24) – Somalia’s Al-Qaïda linked group, known as Alshabaab have overrun on Monday a security checkpoint manned by government troops at the heart of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, local sources say.

A spokesman for the group has said that their fighters have killed dozens of government soldiers and routed out the rest in disarray before capturing the checkpoint.

The seizure of the checkpoint as a major blow to the Somali government and AMISOM troops who have claimed that they purged the city of Alshabaab. The Somali government has not so far commented on the deadly attack.

Alshabaab fights for flushing foreign forces out of Somalia and pave the way for ousting the Somali government to impose the Islamic Sharia law on the country.

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