Al-Shabaab claim killing at least 73 Somali troops
Militant group Al-Shabaab have claimed killing at least 73 Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers in an attack on Sunday.
Al-Andalus, a broadcaster run by the jihadist group, claimed the heavily armed militants attacked the SNA camp at Lanta Bur, in Lower Shabelle, about 60km south of Mogadishu.
“We killed all the soldiers in the garrison,” said Mr Abdulaziz Abu Mus’ab, the Al-Shabaab’s operations spokesman.
The said camp belongs to SNA’s 5th Brigade.
Local residents testified that the confrontation was heavy, with both sides using both light and heavy weapons.
The casualty levels were yet to be established independently.
Other reports indicated that the militants, who retreated towards Awdegle, about 70km southwest of Mogadishu, took with them four vehicles and burned one lorry that got stuck in a ditch.
The Somali government was yet to comment officially on the assault, but the army said it recovered the camp without stating the damage inflicted.
Lately, Al-Shabaab militants have been waging attacks on army camps, causing casualties including some belong to the peacekeepers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).
Last week, hundreds of militants attacked Gara’ad, a coastal town in Mudug region in Puntland, a semiautonomous authority in northeastern Somalia.