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World Al Shabaab Militants Seize African Union Base in Somalia

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Fighters from the al-Shabab group have attacked a base for African Union peacekeepers in southwestern Somalia, blasting their way into the compound and exchanging fire with peacekeepers, a Somali military official told Al Jazeera.

Dozens of al-Shabab fighters on Friday assaulted the military base, which is run by Kenyan troops who are part of the AU force in the town of El-Ade, not far from the Kenyan border.
“The troops are fighting the terrorists to push them back,” Lieutenant Colonel Paul Njuguna, spokesman for the AU mission in Somalia, told Al Jazeera.

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“The operation is still ongoing,” Njuguna said.

The assault started with a suicide car bomb, and then heavy gunfire was heard as fighters stormed into the base, he said.

‘Al-Shabab said their fighters killed dozens of Kenyan troops in the attack. However, Somali military has denied the claim.

“Everyone is familiar with al-Shabab’s propaganda. They will claim that they have taken over the camp even though they have not,” Njuguna told Al Jazeera.
 
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