Five Somali Soldiers Killed in al-Shabab attack on Military Base

Col Abshir Shataqey was among the soldiers killed in Tuesday's al-Shabab attack in Hawadley village, Middle Shebelle, Somalia. (PHOTO: COURTESY)

Five Somali soldiers were killed, including a senior military officer in an attack on a military base in Hawadley village north of Mogadishu, army chief said.

The Somali militant group al-Shabab detonated an explosive-laden car outside the military base before gunmen stormed the compound.

Somalia’s Chief of Defense Forces, General Odawa Yusuf Rage said his forces repulsed the attack and killed 21 al-Shabab militants.

Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack. The terror attack against the military base comes a day after the government announced a historic victory against al-Shabab on the battlefields in the central regions.

On Monday, Somali troops and clan militias captured Haradhere town, a town that has served the group as a supply route for people and goods after it seized the area in 2010.

The insurgent group, which controls swathes of territory in the countryside, continues to pose a security threat to the government forces, allied militias and the population. Al-Shabab continues to carry out deadly attacks and bombings.

In August, Somali forces with allied militias launched a military offensive aimed at taking control of central regions from al-Shabab. The military campaign has paid off as the government retook large territory from the terror group in Galmudug and Hirshebelle regional states.