11 August 2012

Somalia: Al Shabaab Attacks Somali Army Base Outside Mogadishu

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Members of militia Al Shabaab (file photo).

Mogadishu — Heavily armed militants belonging Al shabab have launched deadly assaults against an army base manned by Somali government troops in Elasha Biyaha, just 18 Km south of Mogadishu, Witnesses said.

The fighting which raged on for several hours occurred on Saturday in Elasha Biyaha area, with sides exchanged heavy and slight weapons that could heard distances away from the battle zone, according to the local residents.

Figures on the casualties from both warring sides and local civilians could not be independently verified.

Military source who asked not to be named, because he was not authorized to comment on the attack said, the government army hit back the militants and killed many fighters. Al shabab has yet to release comments on the attack.

Elasha Biyaha area sets Afgoye corridor and has been a home for nearly 400,000 of people who fled their houses in Mogadishu following violence three years ago.

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