Several government soldiers along with a military commander have been killed in an attack on an army base in Giriley village near the Somali-Kenya border, officials told Somali based Shabelle Media Network.
The attack took place when hooded and heavily armed gunmen, suspected to be part of Al Shabaab, ambushed a military checkpoint in the Giriley area in southern Somalia’s Gedo province.
Abdi Sheikh Ibrahim, a Somali military commander is among those who were killed early on Friday.
“In Friday attack, we lost scores of soldiers including senior commander but we have inflicted heavy losses upon Al Shabaab attackers” a military officer who, asked to remain anonymous, told Shabelle Media Network.
The government nor the Islamist militant group, Al Shabaab, have commented on the attack that Shabelle Media Network says left a dozen soldiers dead.
The Kenyan police force recently named three men who are believed to be major recruiters of young Kenyans to the Islamist militant groups, in particular Somalia’s al-Shabab and who are not believed to be operating in Somali.