Border village attack by Al-Shabaab leaves 40 people dead
Mogadishu (Harar24) – At least forty people are reported to have been killed in a orchestrated attack perpetrated by Al-Shabaab fighters on the village of Aato situated on the Somali-Ethiopian border in the Bakol region.
It was an early Tuesday morning when the attack was carried out by the militant fighters against a base belonging to Ethiopian Liyuu Police which was located in the village, prompting a serious battle to erupt between the Al-Shabaab fighters and the Liyuu Police as residents reported.
The commissioner responsible for the village of Aato, who addressed media outlets, commented that at least forty people had died in the attack including twenty eight troops belonging to the Ethiopian Liyuu Police and twelve Al-Shabaab fighters. “The Al-Shabaab fighters began their attack early in the morning and were using heavy weaponry & technicals. We lost twenty eight people and we managed to kill twelve of them” he said.
There has been no official response from Al-Shabaab commanders, although Radio Al-Andalus, a station affiliated with the organization, claimed that they had killed thirty five Ethiopians while taking twenty weapons as booty.
This isn’t the first time Al-Shabaab carries out border attacks against Ethiopian troops, especially after Ethiopian forces invaded some Somali provinces and occupied several towns in those provinces.