At least 35 people, most of them Somali government soldiers have been killed, more than 70 others were wounded on Tuesday after a coordinated assault on army bases in Afgoye district, 30 kilometers southwest of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.
A bomber has detonated his explosives-laden vehicle at Somali military base, before heavily armed Al Shabaab fighters engaged in heavy fire exchange with Somali troops in the town on Tuesday afternoon.
“Al Shabaab took control of Afoye in Lower Shabelle region after after an assault on the military base belonging to SNA – Somali National Army,” said a local resident, who spoke to Radio Shabelle by phone.
The Resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity said he heard heavy gunfire and an explosion before the Al shabaab fighters stormed the Somali military base and subsequently seized control of the town.
“Heavy exchange of gunfire continued for hours,” a local journalist, told Radio Shabelle from the nearby town outside Afgoye. At least 35, including 12 Al-Shabaab fighters were killed, he added.
Al-Shabaab has claiming that they had killed more than 35 Somali soldiers, including senior commanders and that they took away weapons and other military vehicles from the army bases during the attack.
AMISOM said Somali army and AU troops are still in control of Afgoye and fended off the Al Shabaab attack, according to a statement posted on its Twitter account.
— AMISOM (@amisomsomalia) October 18, 2016