Five Shabaab fighters killed in Somalia strike — United States military

Somalia: militants hit AU base with car bomb attacks

Al-Shabab officials did not immediately comment on the incident.

Fierce gun battle lasts for several hours after attack on military camp in Bulo Marer, 160km southwest of Mogadishu.

AMISOM refers to the African Union Mission in Somalia.

Militants from the al-Shabab group, linked to the Al Qaeda terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia), have killed four local officials in the city of Mogadishu, the Xinhua news agency reported. But it still retains a strong presence in regions outside the capital.

"Then a large number of Al-Shabab militants began firing from under the trees.it was a hellish battle", he said, adding there was an unknown number of casualties.

A counter offensive against the militants left at least 22 of the attackers dead, Brig. "They were repulsed, but all these attacks were to stop reinforcement".

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Underscoring al-Shabaab's threat, the militants carried a coordinated attack on three African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) bases Sunday in the Lower Shabelle region, an al-Shabaab stronghold near the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

This claim was dismissed by al-Shabab's military operations spokesperson Abdiaziz Abu Mus'ab.

USA forces have been working with the Somali government to fight al-Shabaab for years, but under President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew York Magazine cover depicts Trump as a pig GOP lawmaker: Republicans "would be well advised to get ready" for Dem wave in midterms Tech giants brace for sweeping European Union privacy law MORE airstrikes and ground troops have significantly increased.

It frequently targets Amisom bases and Somali government institutions - attacks that have intensified recently, even as American strikes against the group have increased.

The attack began with a two-car bombing followed by an nearly four-hour battle between peacekeepers and al-Shabaab, according to Sgt. Omar Abdi of the Somali National Army, who spoke to Anadolu Agency by phone.

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