The Somali army, supported by the civilian population, managed to thwart a terrorist attack carried out by the al-Shabab group against a military base in the central province of Galgadud. At least 30 terrorists were eliminated in the encounter, while security forces seized three vehicles used by the attackers.
On Tuesday, in the town of Masagawa, located in the central state of Galmudug, the Somali army repelled a terrorist attack orchestrated by the al-Shabab group. Somalia’s Information Ministry said in a statement that the army, supported by the civilian population, thwarted the terrorists’ attack and eliminated at least 30 of them.
The recently liberated military base in the Galgudud region was prepared for the attack by al-Shabab rebels. The soldiers demonstrated skill and courage in dispersing the terrorists. Three members of the national forces were injured during the operation, but their condition is improving.
Masagawa is a town in central Somalia, liberated during the first phase of the Somali National Army’s campaign against the al-Shabab group. The base also hosted soldiers newly trained in Eritrea.
In a statement posted on their Telegram propaganda channel, al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they killed more than 70 soldiers and briefly took control of the military base, also seizing military equipment. However, these claims could not be independently verified due to the security situation in the region.
This is al-Shabab’s second major attack in less than a week. Last Friday, the terrorist group carried out a deadly attack on an African Union force base in the Shabeellaha Hoose region. Ugandan forces deployed as part of the African Union mission in Somalia occupied this base located in the town of BuloMarer, south of the capital Mogadishu.
Somalia has long faced insecurity, mainly caused by the terrorist groups al-Shabab and Daesh. The Somali government and the African Union mission in the country have been engaged in a fight against the al-Shabab group since 2007.