One soldier was seriously injured in an attack in Sham, Lower Shabelle that also saw 100 Al Shabaab fighters killed, the regional force battling an insurgency in the horn of Africa said. The incident in Southern Somalia was described as a “surprise dawn attack on Multinational Joint Task Force and national troops,” by the AMISOM Chief of Military Public Information in a Monday, August 26 release. The attack is said to be a revenge mission after Al Shabaab’s spokesperson was gravely injured in attack mid-August.
The release established that around 200 AS militants – including suicide bombers – attempted to infiltrate a defensive position in the Sham area around 0530 local times.
He said that “vigilant troops spotted their approach” and thwarted the assault.
“In the process, 100 terrorists, including four suicide bombers were neutralized. Others escaped with gunshot wounds.”
“Unfortunately, a soldier paid the supreme [price], while five others sustained varying injuries and have been evaluated for medical attention.” Arms and ammunition were later recovered, and an image showing four AK-pattern assault rifles and a mobile phone was published.
Al Shabaab on Wednesday claimed that its fighters clashed for several hours with soldiers “at a site where members of the SNA army were gathered” at Mile 4, which is near Sham. “More than 5 apostates were killed and others were wounded,” the statement said, adding that the insurgents captured “various weapons and ammunition.” These allegations were however not confirmed.
“It must be re-emphasized that the AMISOM acting cohesively with SNA forces will continue to pursue courses of action necessary for the achievement of its mandate in the horn of Africa countries,” The release added.
The AMISOM, which comprises personnel from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, and Ethiopia, launched an operation to finish insurgency in Somalia a decade ago. It has said the cross-border operation is aimed at “making the horn of African countries untenable for Al Shabaab Terrorists.”