Al Shabaab attack African Union base in Somalia

Amisom forces during a past operation in Somalia. PHOTO | FILE
Amisom forces during a past operation in Somalia. PHOTO | FILE |   AU UN IST/AFP

Fierce fighting erupted between Kenyan troops and Al Shabaab at El-Adde in Somalia Friday morning after the Islamist group stormed an African Union base.

The militants claim to have taken "complete control" of the AU camp and killed more than 60 Kenyan soldiers. Kenya is yet to reveal the number of casualties.

The Kenya's Defence ministry Friday morning said the Al Qaeda-linked group attacked an Amisom base occupied by the Somalia National Army (SNA) and the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) at El-Adde in southern Somalia near the Kenyan border, triggering a counter attack by the Kenyan army.

Military spokesman David Obonyo said the number of casualties on both sides was unknown, adding that fighting was still ongoing at 10.30am Friday.

“Al Shabaab attacked the SNA camp which is in close proximity to KDF camp at El-Adde. The SNA camp was overrun and KDF troops under Amisom counter attacked in support of SNA. The fighting is still going on,” he said, noting that KDF will provide more information once it becomes available.

According to Reuters, the Al Shabaab claimed to have killed soldiers, captured armoured vehicles and was in control of a small town of Ceel Cado.