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Somali militants attack AU peacekeepers’ base

By on June 26, 2015

Al Shabaab militants battled with African Union (AU) troops in Somalia on Friday after exploding a car bomb at a peacekeepers’ base south of Mogadishu at dawn, military officials and a rebel spokesman said.

The attack in Leego, some 130 km (80 miles) south of the Somali capital, came as residents gathered for morning prayers. It was the latest of several assaults since the Islamic holy month of Ramadan began a week ago.

“AMISOM confirms there is an ongoing attack at their Leego Somalia base that started this morning,” the African Union Mission in Somalia peacekeeping force (AMISOM) said on Twitter.

The peacekeeping force is made up of troops mainly from Kenya, Uganda and Burundi.

Last week, al Shabaab attacked an African Union convoy with Ethiopian soldiers along the same route.

It also launched two attacks in Mogadishu in the past week. On Sunday, militants stormed a national intelligence agency training site and on Wednesday targeted military instructors from the United Arab Emirates with a car bomb.

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