Truck bomb rams Somalia Amisom base
Al Shabaab insurgents launch attacks in Mogadishu to topple Somalia government
REUTERS/ Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group rammed a suicide truck bomb into a military base of African Amisom peacekeeping troops yesterday in Beledweyne town, north of the capital.
There were no immediate reports about casualties.
“A mujahid [fighter] driving a heavily loaded truck bomb rammed the Djibouti base in Baladweyne,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, said.
Djibouti has a contingent of troops with Amisom.
Gunmen from al Shabaab shot dead a senior intelligence officer as he walked to a mosque in Mogadishu on Monday.
Colonel Abdiasis Araye was killed in the capital’s Waberi district, police officer Ismail Hussein said.
“We reached the scene but the militants had already escaped,” Hussein added. Al Shabaab launches regular attacks in Mogadishu in its bid to topple Somalia’s Westernbacked government and impose its version of Islam.
It often targets troops and police officers from a 22,000-strong African Union force that supports Somalia’s army.
Al Shabaab’s spokesman for military operations, Abdiasis Abu Musab, said the group killed Araye.
Islamist militant group al Shabaab on Sunday seized control of yet another town in central Somalia after it was abandoned by AU peacekeepers, a militants’ spokesman and a local official said, the third to fall to insurgents this month.
On Sunday, an Ethiopian contingent abandoned the town of Halgan, allowing the group’s fighters to enter soon after, said Musab.