A convoy of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) has repulsed an ambush by Al-Shabaab fighters on Saturday morning at KM60 area on the outskirt of Mogadishu, a local official said.
The AMISOM convoy was travelling from the Somali capital of Mogadishu to Shalambod locality in Somalia’s lower Shabelle region when the attack took place, KM60 area chief, Ali Nur Ahmed (Cali Burow) told Goobjoog news by phone.
“They (Al-Shabaab) attempted to lay ambush on the AMISOM convoy but were easily overpowered. The troops opened fire on the fighters who immediately fled the area,” said Ali Buruw, adding there were no casualties.
“This is yet another futile attempt by Al Shabaab to discredit security gains made by the Federal Government of Somalia and AMISOM, and create fear among citizens. Their time is up, they will not succeed,” he noted.
A witness told Goobjoog News that there were sounds of heavy gunfire in the area.
“We heard heavy gunfire in Golwayn village which is not far from the town and we learnt Al-Shabaab had attacked an AMISOM convoy,” said Abdi Ali, the witness.
Al-Shabaab fighters who want to topple the internationally recognised Somali government were flushed out of Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu.
Somali forces backed AU troops have been carrying out operations to smoke out Al-shabaab from lower Shabelle region.