Two military bases targeted in Somalia

Armed Al-Shabaab militias marching on a road Armed Al-Shabaab militias marching on a road Al Jazeera

19 February 2020

Two attacks against two military bases inflicted by the terrorist group Al Shabaab lead to several deaths in Somalia

The unstable situation within a country can facilitate the birth of terrorist groups that leads to upgrowing violence.

In Somalia, this has happened following the violent actions of the Al Shabaab group. On Wednesday, this terrorist group attacked two military bases in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region.

The first attack, at Qoryooley town, occured when the militants used an explosives-laden vehicle driven by a suicide bomber. The targeted military base is run by a local militia allied with the Somali federal government. According to Abdi Ahmed Ali, Qoryooley deputy district commissioner, their goal was to destroy the town’s bridges. It is believed that at least 10 militants and six fighters affiliated to the pro-government militia were killed. The second attack targeted a military base at El Salini when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle containing explosives at the main gate of the base before gunmen occupied it. Four government soldiers and at least six militants were killed, reported Colonel Hassan Mohamed Abuker, one of the commanders at the base.

In a statement, Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for both attacks by its mouthpiece. It is written, “The militants briefly took the base at El Salini and seized a sizeable amount of weapons and ammunition from the government soldiers.” Government security officials neither confirmed nor denied the militants’ claim of briefly entering the camp.


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Author: Giulia Francescon; Editor: Shrabya Ghimire

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