African Union repels al-Shabab attack, killing more than 100 Islamist militants

African-Union-repels-al-Shabab-attack-killing-more-than-100-Islamist-militants.  MOGADISHU, Somalia,  More than 100 al-Shabab militants were killed on Thursday when the militant Islamist organization attacked an African Union military base.

The African Union Mission In Somalia on Thursday said more than 100 militants fighting for the al-Shabab Islamist group were killed after they launched an attack on an Ethiopian-run military base in Somalia. Photo courtesy of AMISOM

The attack occurred in a AU base in the village of Halgan, about 160 miles north of Mogadishu — the Somali capital. Somalia’s Ministry of Defense said at least 120 al-Shabab militants were killed.

“We can confirm there was an attempted Al-Shabab attack on the AMISOM/SNA base in Halgan, Somalia,” African Union Mission In Somalia, or AMISOM, said in a statement. “The enemy was successfully repulsed.”

Andalus, al-Shabab’s official radio station, said its militants killed 43 Ethiopian troops and destroyed the base. Halgan residents said at least five civilians were killed in the fighting.

AMISOM, a 22,000-strong coalition, said it and Somali government troops captured and destroyed weapons including AK-47s, anti-aircraft guns and rocket-propelled grenades. It is the first time an Ethiopian-run AMISOM base has been attacked in the Somali conflict against al-Shabab.

By Andrew V. Pestano