Eleven soldiers were killed in an attack on a military camp, an attack claimed by radical Islamists Shebab, the day after the announcement by the government of the resumption of a strategic city.
“The jihadists first exploded a vehicle burdened with explosives, then attacked a military camp in Hawadley”, about 60 km north of the capital Mogadishu, declared Mohamed Osman, commander of a local militia allied with the power.
Eleven members of the army, including a commander, died, and “dozens of terrorists were killed”, he added.
The Shebab have been fighting the federal government supported by the international community since 2007. Driven out of the main cities of the country in 2011-2012, they remain firmly established in vast rural areas.
President Hassan Cheikh Mohamoud, who returned to power in May 2022, has promised “total war” against the Islamist group, and recently called its members “bed bugs”.