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Somalia: Al Shabaab extremists kill 15 soldiers in ambush

At least 15 government soldiers were killed in an ambush by fighters from the Somali Islamic extremist rebel group al-Shabab, one day after the same group of extremists killed a dozen people in an attack in the capital, a military official said Monday.

world Updated: Nov 03, 2015 08:37 IST
Somali policemen carry a wounded person to an ambulance outside the Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015.
Somali policemen carry a wounded person to an ambulance outside the Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015.(AP)

At least 15 government soldiers were killed in an ambush by fighters from the Somali Islamic extremist rebel group al-Shabab, one day after the same group of extremists killed a dozen people in an attack in the capital, a military official said Monday.

The ambush happened late Monday near Walaweyn, a town in the Lower Shabelle region, about 93 kilometers (57.79 miles) south of Mogadishu, said Col. Ahmed Muse of the Somali military.

The rebels seized three military vehicles during the attack, he told The Associated Press by phone from Walaeyn.

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the group’s online radio known as Andalus, saying 30 soldiers had been killed. It wasn’t possible to independently verify the group’s claims.

On Sunday, Islamic extremists attacked a hotel in Mogadishu, killing at least 12 people and injuring many others before all the assailants were killed by security forces.

Read: 12 killed in Somalia hotel attack, al Shabaab claims responsibility

The Sahafi Hotel is often frequented by Somali government officials and business executives, and had been targeted before. Two French security advisers were abducted from the hotel by militants in 2009.

Despite being forced out of Mogadishu and many other cities and towns across Somalia, al Shabaab continues to launch lethal attacks in the capital and elsewhere. Al Shabaab is fighting to oust the Mogadishu government and install a strict version of Shariah law.

A burning car is seen on November 1, 2015 near the damaged Sahafi hotel in Mogadishu after an explosion. (AFP Photo)

Al Shabaab has also attacked neighboring countries that have sent troops to support the Mogadishu government. The extremist rebels killed 148 people in an attack on a college in Garissa, Kenya, in April.