Mogadishu – Somali al Shabaab terror group on Tuesday said they had ambushed a group of 30 military trainees in Mogadishu, though the claim could not be independently confirmed.
A Somali military officer confirmed the ambush, but said fighting was still going on and that no death toll was immediately available.
The ambush came a day after at least 13 people were killed after al Shabaab militants stormed a hotel in Mogadishu where government officials and lawmakers stay.
The militants, which aim to topple the western-backed Somali government and local authorities often, cite different numbers of casualties after such attacks.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
Speaking on the development, a military source, Ahmed Ibrahim, told newsmen that “we understand al Shabaab ambushed the Somali military commando trainees and captured two military pickup trucks’’.
“It is too early to know what the casualties are because fighting is still going on in the jungle,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, al Shabaab’s military spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, has said that his group has killed 30 commando trainees and seized four military trucks, adding that militants were still pursing soldiers who fled.
The government is battling to rebuild the Horn of Africa nation after more than two decades of conflict, a move which al Shabaab capitalised on to rule large parts of Somalia until 2011, when it was driven out of Mogadishu by African and Somali troops. (Reuters/NAN)