According to sources in Somalia, a suicide bomber attacked the AMISOM base and begun shooting before he blew up himself killing several soldiers with him.
Dozens of soldiers under the African Union Mission in Somalia-AMISOM have died in a deadly car bomb attack and assault by Al-Shabab militants. The attack occurred between 9 and 10am this morning at Jaanale, about 120 kilometers south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
According to sources in Somalia, a suicide bomber attacked the AMISOM base and begun shooting before he blew up himself killing several soldiers with him. The retreating militants bombed a bridge to prevent reinforcement of the troops.
There are conflicting reports on the exact number of the dead. A source in Somalia told URN that at least 33 soldiers of different nationalities were killed in the attack. However, both Al-Jazeera and Voice of America put the number at 70 and 19 respectively. It is not clear of these, how many belong to the Uganda People\'s Defense Forces.
According to Voice of America, the African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM denies reports that Al-Shabab has seized control of the base. However, VOA quotes witnesses saying that soldiers fled to escape the attackers, and that militants blew up a bridge in the town to prevent AU reinforcements from reaching the base.
Colonel Paddy Ankunda, the Ministry of Defense Spokesperson declined to comment on the attack saying he was away in Nairobi, Kenya.