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Somalia’s Islamist group attack Ethiopian military base in Somalia

By on June 9, 2016

Somalia’s Al Shabaab militant group attacked a military base of Ethiopian soldiersserving with an African Union force on Thursday, with both sides saying they had inflicted a heavy toll on their opponents.

Al Shabaab said a suicide car bomb rammed the entrance to the base in the central town of Halgan and its fighters overran the site, killing 60 soldiers with the loss of 16 of its own militants.

The group’s fighters exchanged fire with Ethiopian soldiers and repelled a counter attack by Djibouti troops deployed from another base in the area.

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Kibet, spokesman for the African Union’s AMISOM force, dismissed al Shabaab’s toll as a “falsehood” but did not give a casualty figure.

Casualty figures cited by officials and al Shabaab are usually wildly different.

Al Shabaab regularly attacks AMISOM, which is made up of about 22,000 soldiers and police from African nations supporting Somalia’s government and army in the fight against the al Qaeda-linked militants.

In January, al Shabaab said it had killed more than 100 Kenyan soldiers in El Adde, a camp in Somalia and near the border with Kenya. The Kenyan military gave no exact toll.

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