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Estimate 30 died in al-Shabaab attack in Somalia, security official said


Estimate 30 died in al-Shabaab attack in Somalia, security official said

An estimated 30 people died on Sunday when Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab group launched an attack during a town within the country's semi-autonomous state of Galmudug, a security official said.

The insurgents used car bombs within the assault on a military base in Galmudug's Wisil town, located in central Somalia, triggering a fight with government troops and armed locals, Major Mohamed Awale, a officer in Galmudug told Reuters.

"They attacked the bottom with two car bombs and fierce fighting that lasted over an hour followed," he said.

"The car bombs damaged the military vehicles...residents were well armed and reinforced the bottom and chased the al Shabaab."

Thirty people, including 17 soldiers and 13 civilians, died within the fighting, Awale said.

The al Qaeda-allied al Shabaab has been fighting in Somalia for quite a decade to undertake to topple the country's central government and establish its own rule supported its strict interpretation of Islamic shariah .

Fighters from the group frequently perform gun and bomb assaults on a variety of both civilian and military targets including busy traffic intersections, hotels and military bases.

During the attack that lasted about an hour, Abdullahi Mohamed, a resident in Wisil said he et al. had "crept and slept on the bottom ," and added he had personally seen about 30 people injured within the assault.

The Somalia government condemned the attack and said 41 al Shabaab fighters had been killed within the fighting as both the military and armed residents pursued the assailants, consistent with a press release posted on the web site of the Somalia state press agency , SONNA.

Those injured within the attack, the statement said, had been airlifted to the capital Mogadishu for treatment.

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack via a press release on its Radio Al Andalus and said its fighters had killed over 30 soldiers and injured over 40 others.
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