Al-Shabaab Fighters Overrun Army Base in Somalia, Killing Troops

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) –Heavily armed Al-Shabaab fighters stormed army base in Daynuunay district located about 25 kilometers east of Baydoa, the seat of power for south-west Federal member state of Somalia.

The morning attack followed by fierce of exchange of gunfire between Al-Shabaab fighters and Somali government troops continued for a while before the militants overran base housing troops.

Residents say Al-Shabaab fighters took over control of the strategic district linking Baydoa with the capital city, Mogadishu. The group’s military commanders who were leading the operation spoke to the residents, calling for their participation in the Jihad waged against foreign troops present in Somalia.

Few hours later, Al-Shabaab fighters have emptied Daynanay district and have been retaken by Somali government troops that were earlier driven out by an early morning attack.

At least 7 government troops were killed in the attack with no civilian casualties reported.

Al-Shabaab and Somali government officials have not yet given details of the attack, however, the group continues attacks targeting Somali army bases across the country despite an ever-increasing US air strikes aimed to degrade Al-Shabaab and diminish its capability to amass forces for carrying out deadly attacks.

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