Al-Shabaab attacks Somali army base in recently captured southern town

Massive car bomb explosions followed by heavy gunfire targeted a Somali military camp in a town recently captured from Al-Shabaab militants in Lower Shabelle region, southern Somalia, on Wednesday morning.

Suicide car bombers followed by heavily armed gunmen attacked the Somali National Army (SNA) base in Awdhegle, a town recently liberated from Al-Shabaab, which is 72 kilometres south of the capital, Mogadishu, military sources said.

After the suicide car bombs targeted the gate of army base, heavily armed Al-Shabaab militants tried to storm the base, but SNA forces repulsed the attackers, according the source.

The Al-Qaeda-linked group, Al-Shabaab, said through its propaganda websites, said that its fighters have recaptured Awdhegle town from SNA forces following heavy fighting on Wednesday morning.

Ga’al Abullahi, a young photographer working for the Somali National Army radio, was among those killed in the Al-Shabaab attack on the army base, his colleagues have confirmed.

Heavy casualties on both was reported but the Somali government is yet to comment on the attack.