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Al-Shabab Ambush Kills 18 AU Troops in Somalia

01 August, 2017, 22:09 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Car bomb in Somalia leaves at least 5 dead, 10 injured

Deputy Governor of Lower Shabelle Ali Nur Mohamed, whose region sees relentless al-Shabab attacks, says "politicization" of the rebuilding of Somali national army is delaying the process.

Al-Shabab is claiming that the attack killed 39 soldiers.

Somalia said Ali Jabal's death would "reduce al Shabaab's ability to conduct senseless acts of violence against the people of Somalia, its East African neighbors, and the worldwide community".

However, the allegations have been refuted vehemently by military officials who said the figure is exaggerated.

No one yet claimed the responsibility of the explosion, but Alshabaab many times claimed the explotions in Mogadishu.

In March, Trump granted a request from Africom's commander, Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, to give commanders more authority to conduct airstrikes and raids against al-Shabaab without high-level, interagency reviews. Prior to the new authorities, they were only allowed to carry out strikes in defense of partnered forces.

A spokesman for the Uganda People's Defence Forces issued a statement earlier Monday announcing the launch of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident which, according to the spokesman, killed 12 soldiers and wounded another seven.

But the al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab terrorist group often targets high-profile areas of Mogadishu, including hotels, military checkpoints and areas near the presidential palace.

There was no immediate comment from Somali officials.