MOGADISHU, Somalia (Caasimada Online) – Al-Shabab, the Islamist extremist group affiliated with al Qaeda, attacked a military base in the southern Jubbaland region of Somalia.
According to a Somali officer and a resident, the group attacked the base in Janay Abdale, approximately 60 km (37 miles) west of the port city of Kismayu, early in the morning with a car bomb and gunfire.
Casualty figures for the attack are not yet available, and the government has claimed that it is merely observing a pause before launching the next phase of its operations.
Al-Shabab reportedly cut communications in the area, making it difficult for the army to respond.
The Jubbaland government said that regional and national forces had inflicted a “big blow” on Al-Shabab but did not provide any details.
The government has claimed that it is merely observing a pause before launching the next phase of its operations.
However, some observers have speculated that the offensive against Al-Shabab may have stalled.
The government has not provided any details on its plans for the next phase of operations, leaving many Somalis uncertain about the future.
Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack and has boasted about its success in capturing the base and seizing weapons.
The group has a long history of carrying out attacks in Somalia, and it has shown that it can still launch major offensives despite the pressure from the military and allied militias.
Al-Shabab has been a persistent threat in Somalia for over a decade, launching numerous attacks on government and civilian targets.
The group has come under increasing pressure from the Somali military and allied militias in recent years.
In 2022, these forces launched a major offensive against Al-Shabab, which reportedly wrestled control of many areas from the group.
However, al-Shabaab has continued to launch attacks, demonstrating its continued ability to strike back at its enemies.
Reactions from local residents
Residents have expressed fear and concern about the latest attack. Halima Osman, whose husband survived the attack, described the scene as chaotic and bloody.
Her husband and his colleagues reportedly ran into the bush after the bombing, killing many of their friends.
Some military vehicles were also burned in the attack. Others have expressed frustration with the ongoing violence in the country and a sense of hopelessness about the government’s ability to stop groups like Al-Shabab.