Al-Shabaab kills Djibouti soldier a day after raid on Ethiopian camp
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Al-Shabaab militants have yet again claimed to have raided Djiboutian army bases in Somalia, killing a peacekeeping mission soldier, in yet another attack targeting security forces in the Horn of Africa nation, which has struggled with instability for a couple of years.
Reports indicate that the militants raided the troops serving under AMISOM serving in Bula-Burde and Jalalaqsi in the Hiran region, which falls under the command of the Djiboutian troops, who have been part of the mission for a couple of years, and who are stationed in Central Somalia.
The overnight attack, Al-Shabaab claimed, also left one soldier seriously wounded besides destroying several artillery equipment used by the defense forces. The reports are yet to be confirmed by the AMISOM team which is under the command of Lt. General Diomede from Burundi.
Djiboutian troops serving in Somalia just like their colleagues in AMISOM have often come under attack from the Al-Shabaab which has been fighting to topple the fragile UN-backed Somalia administration. Djibouti has close to 3,000 soldiers serving in the country.
Last week, the militants had also raided Ethiopian National Defense Forces [ENDF] base in the Gedo region, claiming to have killed two soldiers besides injuring close to eight. However, the AMISOM team is also yet to confirm the alleged incident but it's rare for the military to state the numbers.
Similarly, the Somali National Army and those from the Kenya Defense Forces have often come under immense attacks from Al-Shabaab militants. The group targets security forces, top government officials, and at times, innocent civilians across East Africa.
Al-Shabaab still has a huge presence in central and southern Somalia, but the operations managed by security forces have in the past liberated several strategic towns from the militants.
Although the group has been significantly degraded, it can still wage small to large scale sporadic attacks.