The lethal attack by Al-Shabaab against an African Union base in southern Somalia is another attempt to undermine a political process towards a stable and secure Somalia and a population desiring a life in peace. This according to the European Union in a statement issued.
“The EU expresses its condolences to the victims and their families in Somalia and in Kenya.
The EU is a staunch supporter of AMISOM and the Somali security forces. They provide the necessary security for any of the key political processes to be sustainably achieved in Somalia.
“Acts of terrorism will not deter our efforts. The EU will continue working with the Somali authorities, the African Union and other partners to enhance stability and Somalia’s capacity to fight terrorism.”
Military officials in Somalia say there was heavy fighting at an African Union base in the south Somalia after it was attacked by Al-Shabaab militants early morning on Friday.
Reports say many soldiers have been killed. The Islamists say they have taken control of the camp near the Kenyan border and have seized weapons and military vehicles.
Fight is on
But Somali officials say the fighting is continuing. They say the attack began with a suicide bomber driving a car into the gates of the camp. Armed men then fought their way inside the base where they were engaged by AU soldiers.
The Kenyan Ministry of Defence confirmed the attack in a statement.
“Today 15th January 2016 at 4.00 am, Al Shabaab militia attacked the Somali National Army (SNA) camp which is in close proximity to Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) camp at Elade in Somalia.”
Who are Al Shabaab?
Al-Shabaab emerged and gained support from some by promising people security. It advocates the Saudi-inspired Wahhabi version of Islam, while most Somalis are Sufis, and it pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda.
There have been reports that some members of al-Shabab have switched their loyalty to the so-called Islamic State group. It still has control in some rural areas and is believed to have between 7,000 and 9,000 fighters.