About 50 people have died after a car bomb exploded and gunfire hit a government military base in the Lower Shabelle Region of Somalia on Wednesday, August 14.
The attack occurred in Awdhigie, an agricultural district along the Shabelle River, about 70 km southwest of the capital Mogadishu.
An eye witness, (Awdhigle elder), Aden Abdullahi said, “We heard huge blasts and gunfire from the direction of Somalia military base. I saw several soldiers running away from the base to escape but we cannot know how many were killed”.
An Al Shabaab group have claimed responsibility for the attack claiming to have killed fifty soldiers and saying they lost two of their fighters also.
The Al-Shabaab military operation Spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab said “Two Mujahideen driving two cars bombs, one after the other entered the Somali base in Awdhigle district today. We killed fifty government soldiers and burnt their vehicles”.
Before the government officials could comment on the incident or confirm casualties, the jihadist group gave their casualty figures, which most times are different from the government figures for attacks.
In a quest to impose a strict interpretation of Islamic Law, the al-Shabaab group have killed many innocent people in Somalia.