Somalia: Alshabaab overruns two military Bases, kills dozens of soldiers

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (Hornnews24) – Heavily armed Fighters belonging to Al Shabaab have overrun two military bases in the Lower Shabelleh Region, south Somalia killing dozens of soldiers and wounding scores of others on Wednesday, residents said.

According to witnesses, a car laden with explosives has rammed into a heavily guarded military base at Elsalini neighbourhood near Marka town in the lower Shabelleh Region.

After the huge explosion, an exchange of gunfire erupted and in less than half an hour, the Alqaida-linked group, Alshabaab, has dislodged the Somali government soldiers at the base.

According to Alshabaab sources, the group has seized military depot, several battle wagons, ammunition, and other military equipments after routing the soldiers in disarray.

In another development, the Alqaida-linked group has taken the control of Qoryoley town in the same region after several hours fighting between the group and the Somali military backed by AMISOM forces.

Residents have said that the foreign troops, AMISOM, shelled indiscriminately in different directions after the attack but reported no casualties.

Alshabaab, the al-Qaeda-allied group frequently launches attacks on both Somali and foreign troops to try to topple Somalia’s weak government.  The group fights for imposing Islamic Sharia law on Somalia.

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