AMISOM repels al-Shabaab attack on its base in Hiiraan region

Troops of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have repelled al-Shabaab attack on their base in Hiiraan region.

According to sources, heavily armed al-Shabaab fighters on Sunday night stormed Forward Operating Base manned by Ethiopian forces under AMISOM in Halgan village.

The fighting between Ethiopian forces and al-Shabaab fighters lasted for hours, according to the locals.

The villagers who spoke to the media confirmed that the Ethiopian forces are still in control of the base.

AMISOM and Somali government have not commented on the casualties of the fighting.

Meanwhile, in a statement posted on its affiliate online media, al-Shabaab claimed to have killed dozens of Ethiopian soldiers during the attack.

Al-Shabaab which once controlled large swath territories including the capital was weakened following heavy clashes with Somali military backed by AMISOM troops.

The group currently control number of villages in south and central Somalia.

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