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More than 10 Somali soldiers killed in Al-Shabab ambush

The attack targeted Somali government soldiers [Getty File Image]

Date of publication: 15 October, 2020

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At least 10 Somali soldiers have been killed in an attack by the Al-Qaeda-linked extremist group Al-Shabab near the town of Afgoye

At least 10 Somali soldiers were killed and an unknown number wounded when Al-Shabab Islamist extremist fighters ambushed them near a southern village, a military official and a family member said on Thursday.

The attack took place late Wednesday in a village near the town of Afgoye, some 30 kilometres from the capital Mogadishu.

"The soldiers were travelling with two military vehicles when ambushed near Afgoye. More than 10 soldiers including the commander in charge were killed," said Colonel Mohamed Hassan, a military officer in Afgoye.

"We don't know about the wounded," but the army sent reinforcements to the site of the ambush, he added.

The Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab group claimed the attack in statement carried by the SITE Intelligence Group.

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"Twenty-four governmental militia elements were killed, including three officers, and 32 others were wounded, military vehicles were destroyed, and military gear was captured as spoils," the group said.

A relative of one of those killed confirmed the incident.

"There was a senior commander who was a relative of mine killed in the attack and more than ten of his soldiers, it was a disaster which shocked our family," the relative Mohamed Ali told AFP.

Somalia plunged into chaos after the 1991 overthrow of then-President Siad Barre's military regime, leading to years of clan warfare followed by the rise of Al-Shabab, which once controlled large parts of the country and Mogadishu.

Al-Shabab was driven out of the capital in 2011, but its militants continue to wage war against the government, carrying out regular attacks.

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