AU Troops Kill 30 al-Shabab Fighters In Gun Battle

AU Troops Kill 30 al-Shabab Fighters In Gun Battle

AU Troops Kill 30 al-Shabab Fighters In Gun Battle

AMISOM paid tribute to these troops whose courage and sacrifice has frustrated Al-Shabaab's intent.

U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against the al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab group in Somalia on Sunday, killing five militants, U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said Monday. But it still retains a strong presence in regions outside the capital. "It was a hellish battle".

He said that 30 Shabaab militants had been killed, while the Islamists claimed in a statement to have killed 59 Ugandan soldiers.

The al-Shabaab attacked UPDF bases at Quoroyole, Buulo Mareer and Golwen in Lower Shabelle region on Sunday but were repulsed by the Ugandan troops.

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It is unclear exactly how many people died in the attack but both sides say many people died as AU and Somali troops defended the base.

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The group said that 14 of its fighters were killed during the attack on the African Union base, according to Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Musab, the group's military spokesman.

The Ugandan military, meanwhile, has only confirmed the deaths of four soldiers.

"They attempted to attack three of our forward bases and in that fight, we killed 46 of them", Brig Karemire told Daily Monitor by telephone yesterday.

Amisom has steadily pushed the Shabab out of major towns, but the group controls large sections of rural territory.

Somali police said the gun battle broke out Sunday in the town of Bulomarer, 130 kilometers to the northwest of Mogadishu, after the militants detonated two auto bombs that hit two military vehicles belonging to the AU forces and the Somali army near the base.

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