by Hashi MOGADISHU
Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somalia militant group Al-Shabaab on
Friday captured an African Union peacekeeping mission
base in Lego town in lower Shabelle region in the south
of the country after Burundian contingent withdrew early
in the morning, officials said.
A Somali military official who declined to be named
confirmed to Xinhua that the AU’s Lego base is now under
Al-Shabaab militants while Burundian troops and Somalia
National Army (SNA) vacated from the base.
"African Union peacekeeping troops from Burundian
emptied their biggest military base today, I cannot tell
the reason but I can confirm their withdrawal from Lego
base in lower Shabelle region," the official said.
Heavily armed Al-Shabaab militants immediately moved
in Lego town after the troops’ withdrawal, according to
Al-Shabaab militants celebrated the withdrawal of the
AU troops from Lego base in Lower Shabelle as a great
victory to their fighters.
Dozens of AMISOM Burundian contingent were killed in
June 2015 after Al-Shabaab fighters raided their base in
Lego. The group claimed they killed over 50 soldiers
The group has carried out deadliest attacks at
African Union peacekeeping troops in Lego and Janale in
Lower Shabelle region, El-Adde in Gedo region and
Kulbiyow base in Lower Jubba region in southern Somalia
in the past three years.
At least three killed, several injured in car bombing in
by Hashi and Abdi MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
least three people were killed and scores injured in a
car bomb explosion in the restive Somali capital city
Mogadishu on Friday, a government official said.
Spokesman for the Ministry of Internal Security,
Ahmed Mohamed Mohmud, said the blast took place near
Ambassador Hotel along Maka Almukarama road in Mogadishu
which was the scene of a deadly attack that claimed ten
lives barely a week ago.
"It’s too early to comment on the number of
casualties as of now but several people have been
wounded," Mohmud said.
Police officer Mohamid Ali confirmed to Xinhua the
explosion which went off at around 7 p.m. local time.
"So far three people have died and six others
injured. Security forces are already combing the area
for details," Ali said.
Security forces could be seen along the streets of
the city as they stopped vehicles for search.
said the explosion was so heavy and could be felt from
"The explosion was deafening and so huge. My house
was shaking and we learnt it was away in Tree Biyano
area," Shire Nur said.
The scene has been cordoned off by security forces as
ambulances rush the injured to hospitals.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The explosions happened after both Somalia and the U.S.
forces killed a senior Al-Shabaab terrorist during a
drone attack on July 30.
United States confirms senior Al-Shabaab commander
killed in airstrikes
MOGADISHU Somalia, (Xinhua) --
The United States on
Friday confirmed that Al-Shabaab senior terrorist Ali
Mohamed Hussein alias Ali Jabal was killed in drone
strikes by American and Somalia security forces in
southern region on July 31.
The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said the United
States conducted this operation in coordination with its
regional partners as a direct response to Al-Shabaab
actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces.
"There were no civilian casualties from this strike,"
Africom said in a statement following a coordinated
operation with international partners near Torotoroow in
The military said the strike was conducted within the
parameters of the proposal approved by President Donald
Trump in March, which allows the U.S. Department of
Defense to conduct lethal action against Al-Shabaab
within a geographically-defined area of active
hostilities in support of partner forces in Somalia.
Ali Jabal was responsible for leading Al-Shabaab
forces operating in the Mogadishu and Banadiir regions
in planning and executing attacks against the capital of
He used the Lower Shabelle Region of Somalia, a known
Al-Shabaab safe haven, as a hub for these activities.
The militants were known in recent months to have
conducted suicide car bombings and assassinations
targeting police, governmental and military leaders in
Al-Shabaab militants were also known to have
conducted numerous attacks against the Somali National
Army (SNA) and African Union Mission in Somalia members
in the region.
His removal disrupts the Al-Qaeda allied group’s
ability to plan and conduct attacks in Mogadishu and
coordinate efforts between Al-Shabaab regional
"We continue to work in coordination with our Somali
partners and allies to systematically dismantle Al-Shabaab,
and help achieve stability and security throughout the
region," Africom said.