Al-Shabaab spokesman: “We’ve killed 12 Sierra Leonean soldiers in the span of four days”
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Al-Shabaab’s military spokesman Abu Mus’ab Abdulaziz in a press conference given to local media said: “We will continue fighting them until they leave us.”
In the conference the Al-Shabaab spokesman went into detail regarding military operations carried out by the Al-Shabaab organization. “We’ve killed 12 Sierra Leonean soldiers in the span of four days” he claimed in the conference.
He further went into the details of yesterday’s ambush carried out by Al-Shabaab. According to Abu Mus’ab the Sierra Leonean convoy was travelling to Tabto, when they were ambushed by Al-Shabaab fighters near Dalbiyo in the Lower Jubba region.
Abu Mus’ab further added that the Al-Shabaab fighters destroyed an oil tanker after it’s was hit by an RPG. The ambush turned into a one hour battle, which resulted according to Abu Mus’ab, in the deaths of seven Sierra Leonean soldiers and the damaging of an armored vehicle.
The ambush came a day after an attack carried out by Al-Shabaab against Sierra Leonean forces in Tabto, which resulted in the killing of 5 soldiers. This brings the total number of dead Sierra Leoneans in the past four days to twelve, like the Al-Shabaab spokesman claimed.
He further added that Al-Shabaab attacked Kenyan forces based in the city of Badhade in the Lower Jubba region. The attack, according to Abu Mus’ab, resulted in the deaths of three Kenyan soldiers. Abu Mus’ab also confirmed that Al-Shabaab fighters did indeed attack Kismayo’s airport two nights ago.
Harar24 tried to contact AMISOM commanders in the Lower Jubba region to verify Abu Mus’abs claim, but none were willing to comment.