Al Shabaab strikes a Somali military base and takes control of the capital

The residents did not provide any information on the number of people who died.
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Al Shabaab strikes a Somali military base and takes control of the capital

Residents reported Al Shabaab gunmen assaulted a military base in central Somalia on Tuesday and took control a nearby town.

Al Shabaab rebels detonated a suicide bomb in the morning, residents of Amara in the Galmudug region stated, targeting government special forces units known as Danab and Darawish.

Amara is a strategic town on the road to Harardheere, another al Shabaab stronghold on the coast. Harardheere was once a pirate base during the peak of merchant ship hijackings in 2011.

Al Shabaab militants, according to residents of Amara, attacked a government base in the town of Amara this morning. The government forces withdrew from the area, particularly the Danab and Darawish of Galmudug, and al Shabaab assumed control, captured 11 armored vehicles while burning seven others.

The residents did not provide any information on the number of people who died.

Al Shabaab's Radio Andalus claimed responsibility for the attack and seizure of the town in a broadcast, saying that the organization had seized 14 automobiles and ten gun-mounted pick-up trucks.

Officials from the Galmudug region and al Shabaab representatives could not be reached for comment right away.

Amara, which had been under al Shabaab control for the previous ten years, was retaken by government and Galmudug regional forces earlier this month.

Al Shabaab was driven out of numerous towns, including Baadweyn, and other communities in the region, thanks to their coordinated efforts.

In its fight on Somalia's central government, the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militia carries out frequent strikes. Its goal is to overthrow the government and establish its own strict interpretation of Islamic law.


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