Addis Ababa, June 9, 2016 (FBC) – Ethiopian defense force and Somali national army have foiled Al-Shabaab’s attempt to attack Ethiopia’s military base in Halgan town of Hiiran region, Somalia, today.
Majority of Al-Shabaab’s fighters were destroyed in a counter attack jointly carried out by the Ethiopian and Somali military forces, said Ethiopian Ministry of Defense in a statement it issued today.
The two countries military forces have been hunting the remaining fighters from their hideout, the statement noted.
“Despite Al-Shabaab’s four-front and suicide car bomb attempted attacks, they were destroyed by a joint military operation carried out by the Ethiopian defense force and Somali national army,” it reiterated.
According to the ministry, 245 Al-Shabaab fighters, including 5 senior leaders of the group, were killed in the counter attack.
One of the five senior Al-Shabaab leaders, who were killed in the attack, is not a Somali national, the ministry added.
In addition to the military loss inflicted on the group, several weapons were seized, it added.
The ministry said it would give further explanation on the weapons and where they are from.
In a related development, the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, condemned in the strongest terms the failed attack carried out by terrorists’ elements.
The militants were repulsed by AMISOM and the Somali National Army (SNA) troops on the ground and suffered heavy casualties. Hundreds of Al Shabaab fighters were captured during the clashes.
AMISOM and SNA forces also captured and destroyed a significant amount of the weapons used by the terrorist group. The Chairperson commends the fast response and gallantry exhibited by the Ethiopian contingent of AMISOM and the Somali forces.
"Attacks such as this further demonstrate the despicable nature of Al Shabaab, whose sole purpose is to spread terror and continue the destabilization of Somalia. Our resolve can only be rejuvenated, to fight on until Somalia is freed of all elements of terror," she said.
She further stressed that the failed attack demonstrated AMISOM’s capability to respond effectively against this terrorist threat.
Translated and posted by Amare Asrat