Published On: Thu, May 4th, 2017

Al-shabab raids AU military base in central Somalia

Heavily armed Al shabaab fighters have launched an attack on a military base belonging to Ethiopian troops serving with African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Halgan town.

The militants have engaged a deadly gunfight with the AU forces stationed in Halgan, which fell to AMISOM on Wednesday, after Al shabaab pulled out of the town without combat.

According to a resident who spoke to Radio Shabelle over the phone, both warring sides have exchanged a heavy and small weaponry, including RPGs during the confrontation.

Halgan which lies near Beledweyne city, the regional capital of Hiiraan region has been changing hands between Al shabaab and Ethiopian forces for the past two years.

Al shabaab fighters regularly attack bases of AMISOM’s troops, which is made up of about 22,000 soldiers and police from African nations supporting Somalia’s government and army.

The Al Qaeda-linked militants aim to drive out the African Union peacekeepers, and topple the Western-backed Somali Federal government based in the capital Mogadishu.

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