Is­lamist rebels kill 39 AU sol­diers in So­ma­lia am­bush

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

AL-SHABAAB in­sur­gents and AU peace­keep­ing troops clashed in So­ma­lia yes­ter­day.

The ex­trem­ist group claims that they killed 39 sol­diers.

Al-Shabaab fight­ers am­bushed a con­voy car­ry­ing troops from the AU Mis­sion in So­ma­lia (Ami­som), Colonel Has­san Mo­hamed said.

“The am­bush turned into a fierce fight be­tween al-Shabaab and Ami­som. We un­der­stand fight­ing is still go­ing on but we do not have the fig­ure of ca­su­al­ties,” he said.

Ab­di­a­sis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion spokesman, said: “We have in hand 39 dead bod­ies of AU sol­diers, in­clud­ing their com­man­der.”

Al-Shabaab, which wants to force out the peace­keep­ers, oust the West­ern-backed gov­ern­ment and im­pose its strict in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Is­lam in So­ma­lia, has tar­geted the peace­keep­ers in the past.

A car bomb also det­o­nated yes­ter­day near a po­lice sta­tion in the cap­i­tal, Mo­gadishu, killing at least six peo­ple and wound­ing 13, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Most of the vic­tims of the blast were re­port­edly civil­ians. The in­jured were car­ried to hos­pi­tals by res­cue work­ers. The bomb went off in traf­fic while sol­diers were search­ing cars at a nearby in­ter­sec­tion.

Al-Shabaab is known to carry out at­tacks in pop­u­lous ar­eas like ho­tels and check­points, but did not im­me­di­ately claim the at­tack. teleSUR

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