Somalia’s Al-Shabaab Says 43 Killed in Raid on Ethiopia Base

Mohamed Sheikh Nor

June 9, 2016 — Al-Qaeda-linked militants said they raided a base used by Ethiopian troops in central Somalia, killing at least 43 people. The African peacekeeping force in the country said it repulsed the assault.

Al-Shabaab detonated a car-bomb at the base in Halgan town, Hiran region, before fighters stormed the facility, the group said in a statement published on the website of Radio Andalus, a broadcaster that supports its insurgency.

Ethiopian soldiers are part of Amisom, a multinational African Union force trying to restore security to the country, where civil war has raged for more than two decades. Amisom spokesman Joe Kibet said by text message that there had been an “attempted attack,” its troops were in control and the mission was awaiting further details.

There was no independent confirmation of the violence.

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