Chatting with native media, Gen. Odawa Yusuf Ragheh, the commander of the Somali Nationwide Military, confirmed the dual assaults however stated al-Shabab had been repulsed with “heavy losses” among the many extremists.
“They even left a number of the our bodies of their slain commanders,” he added, saying his forces have been nonetheless chasing the fleeing fighters.
Gen. Mohamed Tahlil Bihi, the commander of the infantry forces of the federal government, advised The Related Press that “we misplaced 9 of our troopers and 11 others bought wounded from our aspect.”
He added, “from the Shabab, we killed 60 of their militias on one spot and 17 others close to the opposite base,” he stated.
An al-Shabab spokesman, Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Musab, asserted that the group had killed 47 authorities fighters. In an announcement learn out on the extremists’ radio Andalus, he stated the simultaneous assaults started with suicide automotive bombs.
There have been fears that the al-Qaida-linked group can be emboldened by Somalia’s present political disaster as President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is beneath strain to step apart. Elections meant for February have been delayed.
Mogadishu on Saturday witnessed the opening of a gathering between the federal authorities leaders, together with the president, and the leaders of the 5 federal member states. They have been anticipated to debate the best way ahead.
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