4 March 2012

Somalia: Al Shabaab Suffer Losses After Attack

Photo: Shabelle News
Al-Shabaab fighters.

Mogadishu, Somalia — Heavy clashes erupted in the district of Karaan in the capital on Saturday night after Al Shabaab agents had attacked TFG and AMISOM forces, Radio Garowe reports.

Al Shabaab agents had attacked TFG and AMISOM forces in the neighborhood Halimo Heti in the district of Karaan but were repelled. The Al Shabaab agents tried another ambush after their first attempt failed but were repelled again.

A commander for the TFG military Colonel Mahamud Saney said that the TFG troops had taken control over key areas in the district of Karaan. "Last night the terrorist group had launched attacks on our troops but by the will of God we had repelled them twice after they attempted to retrieve the bodies of their fallen agents. Our troops have assumed control of key areas in Karaan were the Al Shabaab resistance were residing," said Col. Saney.

It is unclear the amount of casualties that stemmed from the clashes.

Al Shabaab's failed IED attempt

A man carrying explosives in his car detonated himself and his car near the University of Gahayr in the capital. Reports suggest that the attacker detonated his device before he reached his destination.

The driver was the only casualty in the attempt. Another man who had been in the car at the time of the blast is being questioned. He maintains that he did not know the driver's intentions. The man being questioned is Omar Hassan who says he had asked the driver for a ride.

Authorities say that the vehicle could still contain explosives as they continue their investigation.

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