Somalia: African union base is under control of Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab activists have overwhelm an African Union army installation outside the southern Somali town of el-Ade.

The Islamist bunch says it has taken “complete control” of the AU camp and executed more than 60 Kenyan warriors.

Inhabitants told the BBC that al-Shabab had raised its banner at a camp for Kenyan troops and said guerillas had paraded bodies through the town.

Be that as it may, Kenya’s armed force representative said it was an adjacent Somali base that was raged and Kenyan troops counter-assaulted.

The quantity of losses on both sides was not known, Kenyan military representative Col David Obonyo said in an announcement

Kenya contributes more than 4,000 troops to the 22,000-in number AU compel that is in Somalia offering the UN-sponsored government some assistance with battling al-Shabab, which is a piece of al-Qaeda.

An el-Ade inhabitant told the BBC by telephone that he had heard a boisterous blast at around 05:30 nearby time (02:30 GMT), trailed by overwhelming gunfire.

“We then saw an al-Shabab contender in the town. We likewise saw Kenyan fighters who were escaping from the camp.

“Right now the camp is in the hands of al-Shabab. We can see military autos blazing and dead officers everywhere. There are no regular citizen losses however the vast majority have fled the town.”

An al-Shabab official told the BBC that its contenders had assaulted the base in the wake of morning requests to God, beginning with an auto bomb before raging the office.

“We took control of the base following one hour of savage battling,” he said.

“We numbered 63 Kenyan bodies inside the base. The other Kenyan troops have fled into the shrub and we are chasing them down.”

He said the aggressors were taking 28 of 31 military vehicles inside the camp and all arms and ammo.

The two army installations – one for Somali troops and the other for AU fighters – neighbour one another on the edges of el-Ade, which is in Gedo area, around 380 km (240 miles) west of Mogadishu.

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