On Friday morning Al-Shabab fighters in Somalia attacked a military base outside the capital Mogadishu with car bombs and gunfire killing 17 soldiers and taking control of the base and a nearby town.
“There was heavy fighting this morning,” said Mohamed Haji Ali, a Somali military commander, confirming the attack to local media without providing details of casualties.
“There were dead bodies around the military camp and I counted about eight of them from the Somali military, but it could be more than that,” said Abdulahi Muktar.
Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabab’s military operations spokesman, claimed responsibility for the brazen assault.
“After morning prayer today, two Mujahideen rammed into Barire military base with suicide car bombs. We killed 17 soldiers and took seven technical vehicles,” Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman told Reuters on Friday.