The Islamist militant group, Al Shabaab, have attacked an African Union (AU) base in southern Somalia early on Tuesday. Many were killed and injured during the attack the group reported along with some of the residents of the area.
Al Shabaab claim to have killed 70 AU soldiers during the attack in the Janale base which is 90 kilometres south-east of the capital, Mogadishu. The facility is part of the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia, AMISOM.
France 24 reported that the Al-Shabaab insurgents rammed a car into the base, gunmen then poured out of the vehicle.
“Now Janale base of AMISOM is under our control,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters.
The AU Twitter feeed reported, “AMISOM can confirm that the base is still under AMISOM control. Reports that the base has been taken over and our weapons captured are false.” They gave no information on the number of casualties or if there were any at all.