Truck bomb rams So­ma­lia Amisom base

Al Shabaab in­sur­gents launch attacks in Mo­gadishu to top­ple So­ma­lia government

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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.

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