30 May 2013

Somalia: Al Shabaab Ambushes Somali Forces' Base in Bakool

El Berde — Al Shabaab agents reportedly mounted an ambush on a Somali Government Forces' base Wednesday night in El Berde in the region of Bakool Garowe Online reports.

According to local sources the attack on a Somali government forces' base in El Berde - the only city that allied forces Ethiopia and Somali control in the region of Bakool - lasted only minutes and it is still unknown how many casualties were inflicted in the attack.

This is the second attack on Somali government forces in El Berde by Al Shabaab fighters this week.

El Berde which is in close proximity of the Ethiopian border is the remaining district controlled by allied forces after Al Shabaab took Hudur the capital of Bakool region late March after Ethiopian forces vacated.

Allied forces have very little control of the region of Bakool forcing thousands of residents fleeing Hudur and towns under the control of Al Shabaab.

Authorities in Bakool and the Somali Federal Government have not commented on the clashes in El Berde as of yet.


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