17 Soldiers killed in Alshabaab attack near Mogadishu

17 Soldiers killed in Alshabaab attack near Mogadishu

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Alshabaab militants patrol Somalia PHOTO: COURTESY.

 Mogadishu,SOMALIA:Somalia headquartered Alshabaab militants have told Reuters agency that they killed 17 Somali National Army Soldiers in a dawn attack on an army base 50 kilometers South West of the capital Mogadishu.

According to the group spokesperson , Abdiasis Abu Musaib the militants had rammed in the base on Friday morning killing 17 soldiers , controlling the base while taking military vehicles with them.

However, government officials confirmed the attack to AFP but refused to reveal the number of casualties.

However in past instances , al shabaab has been quoted giving a higher figure.

Alshabaab has launched a decade long insurgency in a bid to topple the UN backed Somali government and impose its strict Sharia Laws.

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