Al Shabab ‘storms AU base’ in Somalia
Militants from Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabab group rammed a suicide car bomb into an African Union army base and stormed inside.
There were no immediate reports on casualties, and the rebels said in a statement that the African Union Mission for Somalia (Amisom) troops had fled the base, situated in Janale district, 80 kilometres southwest of Mogadishu in the lower Shabele region in Somalia.
The base is thought to be manned by Burundian soldiers.
“There was heavy explosion and fighting broke out at the Amisom base in Janale. We don’t have details but we are hearing that Al-Shebab militants attacked the base,” said Mohamed Shire, a Somali military commander based in the region.
In Somalia, Over 850K People In Need Of Emergency Food Aid: UN Study
More than 850,000 people in Somalia are living in a state of acute malnutrition and food insecurity, according to an estimate by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The “alarming” number represents a 17 percent rise in the number of people facing a food crisis in the impoverished African nation over the last six months, the U.N. agency said, in a statement released Monday.
“Nearly 215,000 children aged under five are acutely malnourished, of whom almost 40,000 are severely malnourished and face a high risk of disease and death. In settlements for internally displaced people, global acute malnutrition rates are consistently above the emergency threshold of 15 percent,” the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said, in the statement.
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