Mogadishu - Eighteen people were killed when Islamist terrorist
group al-Shabaab attacked an army base in southern Somalia, a local
official said Monday.
Among the dead were 14 militants and four soldiers, who had been
manning the army base in Bakol province when al-Shabaab attacked with
heavily armed vehicles in the early hours of Monday, Mohamed Abdi
Toll, the governor of Bakol, told dpa via telephone.
"The terrorists attacked the army base from three different
directions before overrunning it. ... The attack is over and our
troops recaptured the base this morning, killing 14 militants," said
Al-Shabaab said on pro-insurgent radio station Andalus it had killed
10 soldiers, seized the base and looted military equipment and
The jihadist group, which is affiliated with the international
al-Qaeda terrorist network, and launches regular attacks within the
volatile East African nation.