Al-Shabab Attacked US Military Base in Somalia
The terror group Al-Shabab attacked a US military base in Somalia on Monday that is used to launch drones, according to media reports. A separate attack also hit an Italian convoy in Mogadishu.
The Baledogle Air base is used to train Somali soldiers and launch drones. A vehicle packed with explosives was reportedly the method a suicide bomber used. Al-Shabab attacked with fighters that stormed the facility, but supposedly did not penetrate it.
“The US base is located in the south of the East African nation, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Mogadishu. American forces use the base to train Somali commando units.Abdifitah Haji Abdulle, deputy governor of the Lower Shabelle region, said fighters detonated explosives at the entrance of the base before attempting to storm the premises. He added that fighting took place outside the camp, which houses US and Somali soldiers. There was no immediate report of casualties.Somali National Army Radio reported that Somali forces and their US partners had “repelled” the coordinated terrorist assault.”
BREAKING #Somalia AQ/al Shabaab in a second statement on attack against US military base in Baladogle affirms killing 121 US soldiers and a dozen Israeli Forces. Our source don’t confirm the number of casualties claimed by al Shabaab@IsraelMFA @IDF https://t.co/aP1dxqmEDg
— Unofficial ✡MOSSAD✡ (@MossadNews) September 30, 2019
— Zghard Berlaas (@zgharrd) September 30, 2019
The US military carried out two airstrikes and exchanged small arms fire with al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia after a base used by US personnel was attacked by a vehicle-borne bomb Monday, US Africa Command said in a statement to CNN. https://t.co/o9XckCduWo
— CNN International (@cnni) September 30, 2019
The US retaliated with an airstrike that killed 10 jihadists.
The Jerusalem Post reported,
“In response to this attack and in self-defense, U.S Africa Command conducted two airstrikes and used small arms fire targeting al-Shabaab terrorists. It is assessed U.S. and partner forces killed ten terrorists and destroyed one vehicle involved in the attack.” US military statement
The military added that no U.S. or partner forces were injured in the al Shabaab attack.
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