…By Roland Peterson for TDPel Media.
Islamist Al-Shabaab Attacks African Union Military Base in Somalia
Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab launched an attack on a military base operated by the African Union (AU) in Somalia on Friday.
The AU force did not provide specific information on casualties resulting from the attack.
Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadist organization, has been conducting an insurgency against the central government in Somalia for over 15 years.
AU Forces Assessing the Security Situation
The targeted military base, located in Bulo Marer approximately 120 kilometers (75 miles) southwest of the capital Mogadishu, came under attack by Al-Shabaab fighters.
The AU force, known as ATMIS, stated through its Facebook and Twitter accounts that they are currently assessing the security situation but did not provide further details.
Recent Gains by Pro-Government Forces
In recent months, the Somali army and local militias known as “macawisley” have made significant territorial gains in the central regions of the country.
This operation has been supported by ATMIS and backed by airstrikes conducted by the United States.
Despite these advancements by pro-government forces, Al-Shabaab militants have continued to carry out deadly attacks against both civilian and military targets.
Previous Devastating Attack by Al-Shabaab
Last year, Al-Shabaab executed a devastating attack, the deadliest since the offensive began.
In October, two car bombings at the education ministry in Mogadishu claimed the lives of 121 people.
This incident highlights the ongoing threat posed by the militant group.
The situation in Somalia remains volatile as the government and international forces work to combat the persistent insurgency carried out by Al-Shabaab.
The attack on the AU military base underscores the challenges faced in achieving lasting stability and security in the region.
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