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Al Shabaab attacks a military base in Sanguuni of Kismayo, Somalia

Storyline:National News

Somalia’s al Shabaab group attacked a military base with truck bombs in Sanguuni town northern of Kismayo, Somalia.

Al-Shabaab fighters have attacked the base early Monday morning with a suicide truck bomb and then stormed in and took the control of the base.

The base is some 50 km (31 miles) away from the port city of Kismayu. There was no immediate comment from the government official on the attack.

Al Shabaab fights to topple Somalia’s central government and impose its a rule based on its own strict interpretation of Islam’s Sharia law.

Al Shabaab attacked the same base in June, wounding seven soldiers and killed one American Soldier.

Somali and African Union forces have increased ground and air offensives against the militant group Al-Shabaab in the last few months.

This came as African Union forces have started a conditions-based draw-down from the Horn of Africa nation.

Kismayo was one of the strongholds of Al-Shabaab, with its port being used as the group’s main revenue source before it was forced out by Kenyan forces in 2012.

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