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    Al-Shabab Attacks African Union Base in Somalia

    Gedo, Somalia
    Gedo, Somalia
    VOA News

    Al-Shabab militants attacked an African Union military base Friday in southwestern Somalia, near the border with Kenya, reportedly killing dozens of Kenyan troops working for the African Union mission.

    Friday's early morning attack in the town of Elbe in Gedo region, started with a suicide bombing and was followed by a firefight with Kenyan troops stationed at the base.

    Kenyan Defense Forces said in a statement that al-Shabab militia attacked a Somalian army base near the Kenyan forces' base. The statement said the militants overran the camp but the Kenyans counterattacked, in support of the Somali troops.

    Al-Shabab says 60 Kenyan troops were killed in the clashes, but Deputy Gedo Governor Mohamed Hussein Isaak told VOA that at least 40 Kenyan soldiers were killed and said some troops managed to escape the base.

    Residents say al-Shabab has taken control of the town and surrounding areas and has hoisted its flag. The residents also say the militants seized weapons on military vehicles.

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack in a statement, saying, "This attack will not diminish the resolve of the United Nations to work hand in hand with the African Union and AMISOM to support the people and Government of Somalia."

    The African Union Mission in Somalia said this attack "demonstrates the vile nature of Al Shabab, whose sole purpose is to spread terror and continue the destabilization of Somalia."

    "Our resolve can only be rejuvenated, to fight on until Somalia is freed of all elements of terror," the AMISOM Statement said.

    Al-Shabab carried out similar attacks on AU facilities in June and in September of last year. Dozens of peacekeeping troops were killed in those attacks.

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    by: eric mweu
    January 16, 2016 2:46 AM
    I am a kenya and i am sending my condolence to all soldiers who died on that attack, I would like to beg my Kenyans government to withdraw our troops from Somalia.
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    by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Xamar weyne, Somalia
    January 17, 2016 12:59 AM
    My profound heartfelt condolence to the families whose lost their loved ones and to the people of Kenya. We, all Somalis, are very grateful to Kenyan troops for their help in maintaining the security of Somalia. Those faceless Muslim terrorists' end and complete defeat is very near. I do hope Kenyan troops will continue helping us and their sacrifice will be benefited by our children and the children of our children. Amen!

    by: Daniel from: Seattle
    January 15, 2016 1:22 PM
    The bloody march of conquest continues. Just don't call it such, as it appears the only defense against being conquered ourselves, is to not acknowledge the fact that it is happening right before our eyes just about everywhere else in the world at this very moment.
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    by: Jacob from: India
    January 15, 2016 9:40 PM
    All of this is just a repetition of what happened in the Middle East and North Africa 1,400 years ago, but students' history books prefer to ignore the gory details.

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