MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Militants attacked bases housing Ethiopian and Somali government troops in the town of Baidoa in Somalia’s Southwest regional state, which is hosting a portion of disputed parliamentary polls.
More than 10 mortar bombs targeted an Ethiopian base in the restive town on Monday night before troops responded with an artillery fire, triggering panic among residents, who described hearing loud explosions overnight.
An attack on a base housing government troops in the town followed and both sides exchanged heavy gunfire in an ensuing fighting that lasted for more than an hour.
Casualties on the assailants and troops on the targeted base have not been immediately clear, but there are injuries sustained by civilians as a result of the gunfire exchange, according to Caasimada Online news website.
It comes days after mortar shells struck the region’s presidential palace in Baidoa where voting for a number of parliamentary seats was underway, causing hours of delay in the process.
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