Militant group al-Shabaab claimed an assault on an army base in southern Somalia on Wednesday, which included car bombs along with gunfire. A Somali journalist embedded with the army was killed during the attack, according to a journalists’ association.
The attack started out with vehicle bombs, according to the Somali army.
“After the blasts they tried to attack the army defences yet were defeated. We are still pursuing them, General Yusuf Rageh, commander of the Somali infantry regiments, told reporters in Awdheegle, some 70 kilometres south of Mogadishu, the capital, where the attack took place.
“Some soldiers sustained minor injuries via blast shrapnel yet nothing major,” he added.
Shabaab, a miltant group which controls parts of Somalia, claimed the attack, adding they “killed many soliders.”
The death toll report regularly differs between the Somali government along with the militant group.
yet the death of journalist Gacal Abdulle Gacal, 23, who was embedded with the army’s radio station, was confirmed by the Federation of Somali Journalists. He is actually the third Somali journalist to die This kind of year.
“We condemn radio journalist Gacal’s murder inside the strongest terms as the item is actually a serious press freedom violation,” said federation president Abdadir Abdulkadir Elmi in a statement.
We demand an investigation how the journalist is actually killed,” he added.
Somali forces work with AMISOM, the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia, to maintain security. They had taken Awdheegle via Shabaab, who is actually linked to al-Qaeda, just last week.
Shabaab has been trying to overthrow the Somali government for more than a decade.