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Somalia: Al-Shabaab attack on an African Union military base

Somalia: Shebab attack on an African Union military base


Radical Al-Shabaab Islamists launched an attack on Friday against a base of the African Union Force in Somalia (Atmis), about 120 kilometers southwest of the capital Mogadishu, the report said. Atmis, without giving more details on a possible assessment. 

Shebab rebels, affiliated with Al-Qaeda, have been fighting the federal government supported by the international community since 2007. Driven out of the main cities of the country in 2011-2012, they remain firmly established in vast rural areas. They regularly commit suicide attacks in this poor and unstable country in the Horn of Africa.

On Friday morning, “an Atmis base in Bulo Marer was attacked by Al-Shabab. The Atmis forces are currently assessing the security situation,” the African Union force in Somalia announced in a tweet, without giving further details.

Somali President Hassan Cheikh Mohamoud, who returned to power in May 2022, has promised to launch a “total war” against the Al-Shabaab.

This offensive, supported by the African Union force in Somalia and the American airstrikes, made it possible to reconquer vast territories of two states in the center of the country, Hirshabelle and Galmudug.

But the Shebab continue to carry out bloody attacks in retaliation, showing their ability to strike in the heart of Somali cities and military installations.

On October 29, 2022, two car bombs exploded in Mogadishu, killing 121 people and injuring 333, the deadliest attack in five years in this country also affected by a historic drought.

In a report to the UN Security Council in February, Antonio Guterres said that 2022 had been the deadliest year for civilians in Somalia since 2017, in large part because of the shebab attacks.

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