Islamist al Shabaab ambushes Somali military trainees, says kills 30

November 2, 2015 19:35

MOGADISHU - Somali Islamists al Shabaab said they had ambushed a group of military trainees on Monday southwest of the capital Mogadishu and killed 30 of them, though the claim could not be independently confirmed.

A Somali military officer confirmed the ambush but said fighting was still going on and that no death toll was immediately available.

The ambush came a day after at least 13 people were killed after al Shabaab militants stormed a hotel in Mogadishu where government officials and lawmakers stay.

The militants, which aim to topple the Western-backed Somali government, and local authorities often cite different numbers of casualties after such attacks.

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