Al-Shabab extremists launch attack on African Union base in southern Somalia

Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamic extremists on Sunday launched an attack on a base for African Union troops in country’s south, killing four Ugandan peacekeepers, said Ugandan army spokesman Brig. Richard Karemire.

Four others Ugandans were injured, Karemire told The Associated Press. At least 22 of the attackers were killed and the rest were repelled, he said.

The attack started in the morning when two suicide car bombs exploded at the entrance to the heavily fortified base in Bulo-Marer, an agricultural town in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region, said Somali army Col. Ahmed Hassan.

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Nearly 100 fighters firing propelled grenades and machine-guns attacked the base occupied by the Ugandan soldiers.

“That attack was repulsed but several soldiers have…

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