Al-Shabab Storms AU Base in Somalia, Many Killed

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Mogadishu: Islamic militants from the al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab group attacked a remote African Union base in Somalia on Friday, causing many casualties, said the AU mission and a local official.

In a tweet, the African Union mission confirmed there had been an early morning attack on their outpost in Lego, but did not provide any further details.

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Mohammed Haji, an official in the Lower Shabelle region told The Associated Press by telephone that militants attacked the base entrance with a suicide car bomb before gunmen began their assault.

“They managed to infiltrate the entrance after the blast it was a complex attack,” said. He estimated that up to 25 combatants may have been killed, but there was no way to verify his claim.

Al-Shabab group, which vowed it would step up attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Wednesday, nine people were killed after a suicide bomber tried to ram his explosives-laden car into a convoy of vehicles transporting Emirati diplomats in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

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