Jihadists have attacked a navy base the place US troopers practice commandos in Somalia, inflicting casualties, studies say.
Native residents reported heavy blasts and gunfire at Baledogle airport within the southern Decrease Shabelle area.
The al-Shabab militant group mentioned it had carried out the assault, utilizing a automotive bomb to blast by the gates earlier than sending its fighters inside.
Navy officers say the jihadists have been pushed again.
Al-Shabab mentioned in a press release that it had launched the raid.
“After breaching the edges of the closely fortified base, the mujahideen [holy warriors] stormed the navy complicated, participating the crusaders in an intense firefight.”
The bottom, about 100km (60 miles) west of the capital Mogadishu, is claimed to accommodate US particular forces, Somali particular forces and Ugandan peacekeepers.
Individually, an Italian navy convoy was hit by an explosion in Mogadishu itself, Italy’s defence ministry mentioned. No casualties have as but been reported on this assault.
The US has sharply elevated its air strikes towards al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, since President Donald Trump took energy.
Officers in Somalia say the group has elevated its assaults in Mogadishu as retaliation for the air strikes.
The US state division says al-Shabab retains management over giant components of the nation and has the flexibility to hold out high-profile assaults utilizing suicide bombers, explosive gadgets, mortars and small arms.