Al-Shabab takes control of El-ade AU miliatry base; group claims killing 63 Kenyan soliders

15 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The Somali Islamist group al-Shabab have been giving their version of events to the BBC, but their account has not been independently verified.

    “We staged a massive attack on the Kenyan base in el-Ade in Gedo region [about 580km (360 miles) west of Mogadishu] just after morning prayers.

“It was carried out by our special brigade, which deals with Kenya attacks.

“It started with a car bomb, then our fighters stormed the base. We took control of the base after one hour of fierce fighting, and we are still in full control no matter what the Somali government says.

“There is no more fighting. We counted 63 Kenyan bodies inside the base.

“There were 31 military vehicles inside the camp, we have confiscated 28 of them plus all the arms and ammunition in the stores.”

Kenyan army confirms al-Shabab attack
Posted at 08:50

A statement from Kenya’s ministry of defence briefly describes what happened this morning close to their base in southern Somalia.

Kenya says that the attack on a Somalia army base started at 4am local time (01:00 GMT).

It adds that the camp – which is near a base for Kenyan soldiers – was overrun.

There are no details of casualties.

African Union force confirm attack on their troops

Amisom, the African Union force which supports the government in Somalia, have confirmed the attack on their soldiers in a tweet:

Somalia military officials say Al-Shabab overruns military base

Military officials in Somalia say there is heavy fighting at an African Union base in the south of the country after it was attacked by al-Shabab militants.

Some reports say many soldiers have been killed.

The Islamists say they have taken control of the camp near the Kenyan border and have seized weapons and military vehicles.

But Somali officials say the fighting is continuing.

They say the attack began with a suicide bomber driving a car into the gates of the camp.

Armed men than fought their way inside the base where they were engaged by AU soldiers.

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