AL Shabaab militants attack base of Ethiopia troops


AMISOM usually says it is up to troop –contributing countries  to announce casualties. In the past casualty figures cited by al Shabaab have been much higher than official numbers.


Somalia al Shabaab militants stormed into a base used by Ethiopians troops after ramming a suicide car bomb into the entrance on Thursday in the latest assault on soldiers serving with African Union’s  AMISOM  force , and killed 43 soldiers,the Shabaab militants said.

Resident said they heard a huge explosion at the base and heavy exchange of  gunfire shortly before dawn. They reported gunfire could still be heard at least an hour after the intial blast.

 The group often launches gun and bomb attacks on official, Somali security forces and AMISOM in a bid to topple the western-backed govermnet and impose its own strict interpretation of   Islam on Somalia.