Dozens of Somali troops killed as violence sweeps across Lower Shabelle Region.
Mogadishu (Harar24) – The past few days have been one of the deadliest days in the Lower Shabelle province and Mogadishu where dozens are believed to have been killed by IEDs and mines.
It’s not unusual for African Union & Somali troops to be targeted by Al-Shabaab members in the Lower Shabelle province, although ever since Al-Shabaab threatened to intensify their attacks the region has been witnessing an increase in ambushes and attacks, especially through the use of IEDs which seem to be one of the insurgents’ favorite tools.
According to residents in Janale ten Somali soldiers are believed to have been killed in an IED explosion yesterday after residents reported having seen a suspicious looking item in the area.
Similarly, yesterday in Afgoye five soldiers travelling with Col. Hasan Dhere from the 5th Brigade were reported as killed as their vehicle drove over an IED. The fate of the Colonel remains unknown, however local sources in Afgoye claim that the Colonel survived the attack.
The attacks follow several previous attacks in the region such as in Marka, Shalambod, Edo Jalad carried out in the past week.
On the other hand, Mogadishu with the ever deteriorating security has been beleaguered by a series of attacks believed also to have been carried by insurgents loyal to Al-Shabaab.
According to reports, several Somali troops in the Karan district who were chewing the traditional stimulant known as khat were said to have been killed in two explosions yesterday.
Prior to recent attacks, insurgents targeted the Daynile district of Mogadishu and the popular Sahafi hotel.
In an interview with the Al-Shabaab affiliated radio station “Andalus”, Mohamed “Abu Abdullah” Al-Shabaab’s appointed “governor” of the Lower Shabelle province last night claimed that Al-Shabaab in the region have been attacking AMISOM troops on a daily basis. “Our troops have restricted the movement of the enemy in the region. We now carry out daily attacks against them in the area and God-willingly we’ll push them out not only from the Lower Shabelle region, but all of Somalia”, said “Abu Abdullah”.
This comes following similar claims by Al-Shabaab’s regional leader in the Benadir province who warned people to stay away from AMISOM bases and gathering places.