Garowe Online (Garowe)

10 January 2014

Somalia: Govt Soldiers Killed in Ambush Near Mogadishu By Al Shabaab

Mogadishu — At least seven Somali Federal Government soldiers died after suspected Al Shabaab militiamen attacked a security checkpoint in the outskirts of Afgoye town of southern Somalia on Friday morning, Garowe Online reports.

Local reports say that 12 soldiers were also wounded in the ambush and the attackers immediately escaped unharmed from scene of the deadly incident.

"Shortly after the morning prayer, gunmen attacked soldiers manning a checkpoint and killed 7 soldiers," said an eyewitness who spoke on condition of anonymity because of his security.

Somali Government forces reached the area to collect the bodies of the soldiers, with residents reporting the heavily armed 20 Al Shabaab fighters were grabbing the machineguns of the attacked government soldiers.

The militant group didn't claim responsibility for the attack and Somalia Federal Government officials declined to comment on the latest deadly attack.

Al Shabaab carries out military-style ambushes, suicide bombing and planned assassinations in the southern part of the war-ravaged country where security situation remains volatile.

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