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Somali army foils al-Shabab attacks on 2 bases

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The Somali National Army (SNA) said on Saturday that relative calm had been restored at two bases after foiling a dawn attack by al-Shabab militants in the southern region.

Odowa Yusuf Rage, the head of the Somali army, told Somali National Television that several al-Shabab fighters, including their leaders, were killed after launching simultaneous attacks on SNA bases in Awdhigle and in Bariire in the Lower Shabelle region.

Rage said government forces controlled the areas of Bariire and Awdhigle and the situation was calm in those areas.

He added that “although no casualties have been reported from the SNA side.”

Rage said military forces defeated the terrorists who then fled with corpses and other equipment to nearby bushes.

He said Somali soldiers were pursuing terrorists who had engaged government forces in daily attacks on areas where they could hide.

The militants had previously claimed to have attacked military bases in Bariire and Awdhigle, the two strategic agricultural areas recently seized from the terrorist group by allied forces.

The militant group said it subsequently shelled military bases in the villages of Janale, Sabiid and Anole after the attacks on Saturday morning.

SNA denied the allegations, saying its forces thwarted multiple attacks and killed several al-Shabab fighters while others escaped with serious injuries.

Al-Shabab often launches gun and bomb attacks against officials, Somali security forces and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) facilities in an attempt to overthrow the government and to create his own brand of government in Somalia. (Xinhua / NAN)

(NAN)

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