30 November 2012

Somalia: Bomb Blast Rocks Somali Army Base in Balad Town

Photo: The Daily Nation
Al Shabaab (file photo).

Balad — A huge roadside blast went off on Friday at a Somali army base in the southern town of Balad, a city that has been a hotbed and stronghold for Al shabab over the last three years.

Witnesses in Balad town say they could hear early on Friday hours a loud explosion that happened at the military base and followed heavy gun shots fired into the air by the forces in the area of the explosion. People are feared dead in the attack.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

On June 26th, the Somali National Army and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces seized the Al-Shabaab-controlled city of Balad without any resistance.

Balad, which lies 30 kilometers north of Mogadishu, is one of the most important strategic cities in the Middle Shabelle region.

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