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Suspected al Shabaab militants attack Somalia military base

Women walk next to a destroyed house and the wreckage of a car following an explosion provocked by Al-Shabaab militants' during an attacke to a police station on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, on February 16, 2022. Al-Shabaab militants launched simultaneous attacks on police stations around Somalia's capital Mogadishu overnight, killing two girls and wounding over a dozen people, security officials said Wednesday.

NAIROBI — Suspected al Shabaab militants attacked a Somali military base in the central Galgaduud region on Monday, the defense ministry said, days after the area was captured by government forces.

The al Qaeda-linked Islamist group has killed tens of thousands of people to overthrow Somalia's government and implement their interpretation of Islamic law

The army repulsed the attack on the base housing national and local troops in Qayib, a village captured from al Shabaab last week, defense ministry spokesman Abdullahi Ali Anod told the state news agency SONNA.

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The attack began with two suicide car bombs at around 0500 local time (0200 GMT), followed by hours of heavy fighting, Ahmed Hassan, a military officer in the nearby town of Bahdo, told Reuters.

It wasn't immediately clear how many people had been killed in the raid, Hassan said.

A spokesman for al Shabaab could not immediately be reached by telephone.

The al Qaeda-linked Islamist group has killed tens of thousands of people since 2006 in their fight to overthrow Somalia's Western-backed central government and implement their interpretation of Islamic law.