Somalia: 10 killed in military camp attack by extremist bombers

  • AP, Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2015 20:58 IST
Jubaland forces and Somali residents stand near the site of a suicide car bomb attack near a military training base in the port town Kismayu. (Reuters Photo)

At least 10 soldiers were killed in an attack by Islamic extremist suicide bombers at a military camp in the southern port city of Kismayo, Somali security officials said.

The bombers rammed their vehicle into the gates of a former university campus that is now a military camp where soldiers are being trained to fight the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, said Somali police official Ahmed Ali.

At least 10 soldiers died in the attack, said a senior military official in Kismayo, Col. Mohamed Hassan.

The two militants in the attack were killed and two more suspected militants were arrested and are being interrogated by security officials, the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia said on Twitter.

Somalia's militant insurgent group, al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the bombing. Despite being forced out of many of their strongholds, the rebels are still able to launch lethal attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere in Somalia.

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