Soldiers Killed in Somali Border Town After Al-Shabaab Attack

Jubaland troops

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Militants stormed a base housing security forces in the Somali border town of Dhobley under the control of Jubaland administration and Kenyan troops on Saturday night.

The attack triggered a fierce gunfight between the assailants and members of Jubaland regional intelligence forces, which lasted for several hours, residents were quoted as saying by Caasimada Online news website.

Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabaab said its fighters had carried out the attack, claiming to have overrun the base, killing a number of soldiers and seizing weapons.

Troops stationed inside the targeted military camp had been relocated from the coastal town of Kismayo in an attempt to ramp up security in the town of Dhobley on the border with Kenya amid surge in insurgency attacks.

Regional authorities have not immediately commented on the casualties as a result of the overnight raid.

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