Explosions as Ugandan forces battle militants in Somalia

The al-Shabab militant group has today carried out an attack on a Ugandan troops’ base of the African Union Transition Mission (ATMIS) in Bulla Mareer district, in Lower Shabelle region in Somalia.

The attack started with a large explosion, believed to be an explosives-laden vehicle.

Buulo Mareer is about 110 km from the capital, Mogadishu.

Residents reported that after the big explosion, two more explosions occurred in the camp, before a fight started between the Ugandan troops and the attackers.

The al-Shabab said they captured the camp and killed dozens of ATMIS soldiers, but there has been no independent confirmation of the group’s claim.

ATMIS says its forces are currently assessing the security situation in the area but no word yet from the Somali government regarding the attack.

The actual damage caused by the attack is not yet known.

Civilians have remained inside their houses and though some of the bullets being fired hit their houses, no damage has been reported.

Some residents in Bulo Mareer said they could hear the sound of helicopters hovering over the city.

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