Al-Shabaab military spokesman speaks of dozen Djiboutian forces killed since entering Bulo-burde
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Last night in an address to local media Al-Shabaab’s spokesman for military operations spoke of several attacks carried out in the past three days. It’s believed that this is the first media address by an official Al-Shabaab figure since the Djiboutian forces entered the previously Al-Shabaab held town of Bulo-burde.
Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Mus’ab while addressing the media spoke of heavy fighting between Djiboutian troops and Al-Shabaab fighters in Bulo-burde which occurred a night after the Djiboutian troops entered the town. According to Abu Mus’ab, at least nineteen Djiboutian and four members of the Somali army were killed the fight that lasted almost until midnight. “During the course of a well devised plan, we attacked the cowardly Djiboutian forces that had entered Bulo-burde in an underhanded manner, we managed to kill nineteen of them” said the Al-Shabaab spokesman.
Additionally Abdulaziz Abu Mus’ab mentioned that Al-Shabaab fighters had attacked Ethiopian positions situated in the town of Burdhubo in the Gedo province. Abu Mus’ab boasted of a large number of Ethiopian & Somali forces killed in the attack that also left many injured whom according to Abu Mus’ab couldn’t be airlifted by a plane which had taken off from Baidoa due to it coming under attack from Al-Shabaab shortly after it had landed.
He further spoke of a military truck carrying Somali forces that was “blown apart” by an IED near Wanlaweyn in the Lower Shabelle region.
The Al-Shabaab military spokesman concluded his address by mentioning that the Islamist movement had changed their strategy by “allowing the enemy to come in, so that they would be trapped and then be bled to death slowly but surely”. He further added that the Somali public should stand by their side and help in whatever form possible “whether by fighting, financial, offering advice, or if nothing else by supplications”.
Since the beginning of the Ethiopian offense and after taking over some Al-Shabaab controlled towns, some have suggested that this move could be backfiring on the AMISOM & Somali forces as the Al-Qaeda linked group has been planning for this moment for some time and now have them confined in several towns where they plan to carry out nightly and daily raids.