Al-Shabaab attacks AU base in Somalia: security official

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Heavily-armed Al-Shabaab militants attacked an African Union military camp outside Mogadishu on Sunday, where peacekeepers from Uganda are stationed, security officials and witnesses said.

Local sources said a massive blast was heard in the Bulomarer District, some 150 kilometres south of Mogadishu, and fighting broke out after dozens of heavily armed Shabaab militants stormed the base.

“The heavy blast struck the base before fighting broke out but we don’t have the details. We are hearing the militants used a minibus loaded with explosives to make their way in before the heavily armed confrontation started at the camp,” said local security official Ibrahim Abdilahi.

“There was heavy fighting and we could see smoke rising above the military base,” said witness Mohamed…

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