Mogadishu: In a dreaded terror attack Al-Shabab militants destroyed an African Union (AU) army base and killed over 70 soldiers, said reports. The militants attacked Janale base camp where the AU forces are stationed after a tactical withdrawal. Al-Shabab, part of al-Qaeda, is battling the AU-backed government for control of Somalia.
The militants had earlier damaged a nearby bridge with a massive bomb to prevent troops from escaping, Col Ahmed Hassan from the Somali army told the Associated Press. This is being seen as an attempt by the militants to isolate AU bases in the area.