An estimated 30 people died on Sunday when Somalia’s Islamist Al-Shabab group launched an attack in a town in the country’s semi-autonomous state of Galmudug, a security official said.
The insurgents used car bombs in the assault on a military base in Galmudug’s Wisil town, located in central Somalia, triggering a fight with government troops and armed locals, Major Mohamed Awale.
“They attacked the base with two car bombs and fierce fighting that lasted over an hour followed,” he said.
“The car bombs damaged the military vehicles…residents were well armed and reinforced the base and chased the Al-Shabab.”
Thirty people, including 17 soldiers and 13 civilians, died in the fighting, Awale said.