Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Al Shabaab kills 12 Ethiopian Troops In Somalia

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By Omar Nor, Freelance Journalist/Mogadishu

 

HUDUR, Somalia----At least 12 people were killed and scores wounded in a fierce gun battle between Somali National Army (SNA), along with Ethiopian troops on one side and Al-Qaeda aligned militant group Al Shabab in Bakool region.
The deadly battle broke out Sunday when heavily armed Al Shabaab militants launched an ambush raid on an armored vehicles carrying a military equipment for the allied troops based in Wajid town, is
located approximately 302 kilometers (188 miles) Northwest of Mogadishu.
Mohamed Abdi Tool, the governor of Bakool region has told local Media that Al Shabab militants have started ambushing Somali and Ethiopian-AMISOM forces by using artilleries and heavy weapons at an area between Wajid and Rabdhure towns.
"The allied troops warded off the militants' attack and killed at least 12 fighters while dozens were seriously injured during Sunday's fighting near Wajid town. The situation is now calm and Al Shabaab
were pushed back by Somali and AMISOM forces," he said.
He said the joint forces destroyed the bases of the militants near Wajid town and took their area to secure the main road between Rabdhure and Wajid town in Bakool region.
The independent reports said the Somali and Ethiopian troops suffered large number of casualties during the attack which is believed to be the heaviest since Al shabaab rebels were driven out of key towns in the region, including the provincial capital of Hudur.
As a joint military offensive against militants still going on in the country, Al Shabab banned two weeks ago the local transportation to operate in the towns seized by the government forces which forced civilians to flee from the towns due to shortage of food and water.
HUDUR, Somalia----At least 12 people were killed and scores wounded in a fierce gun battle between Somali National Army (SNA), along with Ethiopian troops on one side and Al-Qaeda aligned militant group Al Shabab in Bakool region.
The deadly battle broke out Sunday when heavily armed Al Shabaab militants launched an ambush raid on an armored vehicles carrying a military equipment for the allied troops based in Wajid town, is
located approximately 302 kilometers (188 miles) Northwest of Mogadishu.
Mohamed Abdi Tool, the governor of Bakool region has told local Media that Al Shabab militants have started ambushing Somali and Ethiopian-AMISOM forces by using artilleries and heavy weapons at an area between Wajid and Rabdhure towns.
"The allied troops warded off the militants' attack and killed at least 12 fighters while dozens were seriously injured during Sunday's fighting near Wajid town. The situation is now calm and Al Shabaab
were pushed back by Somali and AMISOM forces," he said.
He said the joint forces destroyed the bases of the militants near Wajid town and took their area to secure the main road between Rabdhure and Wajid town in Bakool region.
The independent reports said the Somali and Ethiopian troops suffered large number of casualties during the attack which is believed to be the heaviest since Al shabaab rebels were driven out of key towns in the region, including the provincial capital of Hudur.
As a joint military offensive against militants still going on in the country, Al Shabab banned two weeks ago the local transportation to operate in the towns seized by the government forces which forced civilians to flee from the towns due to shortage of food and water.

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