Somalia: Al-Shabab Attacks Ethiopian Military Base in Central Somalia

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Friday May 19, 2017 - 15:22:51 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: Al-Shabab Attacks Ethiopian Military Base in Central Somalia

    BELEDWEYN (Somali Update Online) — Al-Shabab militant group fighters on Thursday attacked a military base of the Ethiopian army of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Halgan town of Hiiraan region, officials and residents confirmed

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BELEDWEYN (Somali Update Online) — Al-Shabab militant group fighters on Thursday attacked a military base of the Ethiopian army of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Halgan town of Hiiraan region, officials and residents confirmed.
The militant fighters started the midnight raid with rocket-propelled grenades as the Ethiopian military in the base resisted.
Halgan is one of the recently liberated towns in the central Somalia towns after Al-Shabab controlled since mid last year.
Residents in the town say that there were casualties of both sides as the fierce battle continued for half an hour.
A military officer in Beledweyn, the provincial capital of Hiiraan told Somali Update in anonymous condition as he is not authorized to speak to the media, that there were casualties but did not specify the number of dead or wounded.
The militant group fighters were repulsed after heavy gunfire between the forces and the militants who attempted to infiltrate the camp but were stopped, the military officer said.
A local radio affiliated with Al-Shabab reported the attack and claimed Ethiopian soldiers killed during the raid, but there were no immediate comments from the African Union Mission commanders as the Ethiopian forces do not maintain spokespeople for their mission in Somalia.

- SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE -


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