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Suspected al-Shabab Attack Kills 11 Soldiers in Somalia

An overnight raid by militants in central Somalia has killed 11 government and African Union soldiers and wounded at least 18 others.

Somali officials blame militant group al-Shabab for the attack in the town of Buloburde, which the Somali National Army and the African Union Mission in Somalia recaptured from al-Shabab last week.

AMISOM spokesman Colonel Ali Hamoud tells VOA a man drove a car past a hotel checkpoint around 2:20 a.m. local time.



"AMISOM troops tried to, you know, stop it by firing but it did not stop and then it exploded when we had our troops gathering."



The attack triggered a heavy gunbattle at the hotel, which is used by Somali and AMISOM officials.

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