Turkey to open it's largest military base in Somalia

Katrina Barker
September 30, 2017

The Islamist group al-Shabaab has frequently carried out bombings in Mogadishu and other towns, seeking to destabilise the western-allied central government. However al-Shabab often carries out such attacks.

Col. Mohamed Mumin said almost 60 militants and a suicide vehicle bomber targeted the army base in Barire in Lower Shabelle region leading to fierce clashes.

"It is unfortunate that Al-Shabaab continues to kill and maim the very people it claims to defend", Madeira said in a statement.

Somali government paid compensation "blood money" for the families who lost their loved ones in the attack, after refusing to bury the dead bodies, and held rally in Mogadishu in protest of the killing. Al-Shabab claimed 21 had been killed.

Abdifatah Omar Hallane, Mogadishu municipality's spokesman, told reporters in a news conference that the bomb-laden vehicle was a luxury auto parked near the restaurant.

"The attacked soldiers were Somali military and the special forces trained by the U.S. called Danab".

People gather at the scene of a auto bomb explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 28, 2017.

Captain Mohamed Hussein said those killed in the blast had been mostly civilians.

The Islamist group said in a statement broadcast on Radio Andalus, the attackers exploded a auto packed with explosives before storming the Bariire base, some 60km southwest of Somali capital, Mogadishu.

In the past insurgent group al-Shabaab has claimed attacks in Somalia. It has been carrying out militancy since 2006.

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