Somali government forces backed by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops on Saturday (August 9th) rebuffed al-Shabaab attacks on military bases in Bulo Burde, the Somali Ministry of Information confirmed.
“The terrorists attempted a number of attacks on security forces’ bases in Bulo Burde, and Somali forces with the help of AMISOM defeated the terrorists’ attacks and killed a number of them including the leader of a militia in the area,” Minister of Information Mustafa Ahmed Dhulow said in a statement.
“Al-Shabaab tried to come back several times in order to take their dead bodies; however, they were defeated on all attempts,” the statement said. “Six of the terrorists’ dead bodies were still there and security forces are looking into the identities of those killed.”
Al-Shabaab attacked AMISOM bases in Bulo Burde late Friday night, with clashes lasting for about four hours into Saturday morning, al-Shabaab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab told AFP.
“Nine soldiers with the African Union, four of their Somali counterparts and five mujahideen from our al-Shabaab were killed in the fight,” he said.
Bulo Burde Mayor Ahmed Abdi Weheliye said nine al-Shabaab fighters were killed in the confrontations, Somalia’s Garowe Online reported.
The number of casualties among the allied forces could not be independently confirmed.
Bulo Burde has suffered from drought and food shortages due to al-Shabaab’s blockade of the area, causing hundreds of residents to flee.