Al Shabaab militants attack Somali military base

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MOGADISHU, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Al Shabaab militants attacked a Somali subject basal successful the cardinal Galgaduud portion connected Monday, the defence ministry and the Islamist radical said, days aft the country was captured by authorities forces.

The service repulsed the onslaught connected the basal lodging nationalist and section troops successful Qayib, a colony captured from al Shabaab past week, defence ministry spokesperson Abdullahi Ali Anod told the authorities quality bureau SONNA.

The onslaught began with 2 termination car bombs astatine astir 5 a.m. (0200 GMT), followed by hours of dense fighting, Ahmed Hassan, a subject serviceman successful the adjacent municipality of Bahdo, told Reuters.

"Al Shabaab torched the telecommunication presumption of the town, and truthful it is disconnected the aerial now. We cognize we killed 5 al Shabaab fighters," Hassan said.

One car weaponry deed a subject motortruck guarding the basal entrance, portion the different was blown up outside, helium said.

It wasn't instantly wide however galore radical had been killed successful total, but astatine slightest 9 soldiers were injured, helium said.

In a statement, al Shabaab spokesperson Abdiasis Abu Musab said the radical launched the battle successful Qayib utilizing termination car bombs earlier its fighters attacked from antithetic directions. The fighters killed respective soldiers and stole weapons and subject vehicles, Abu Musab said.

Government forces, supported by clan militias, person made a fig of battlefield gains against al Shabaab successful the past 3 months, regaining territory agelong held by the group.

In response, al Shabaab killed astatine slightest 120 radical successful twin car bombs astatine the acquisition ministry successful the superior Mogadishu connected Oct. 29, the deadliest blasts successful 5 years.

The al Qaeda-linked radical has killed tens of thousands of radical since 2006 successful its combat to overthrow Somalia's Western-backed cardinal authorities and instrumentality its mentation of Islamic law.

Reporting by Abdi Sheikh Additional reporting by Feisal Omar Writing by Hereward Holland Editing and Lincoln Feast and Mark Potter

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