Al Shabaab militants stormed an African Union base in southern Somalia on Tuesday, where they say they killed 50 peacekeepers, in what the AU mission called a "heinous" attack.
The al-Qaida-aligned militants said one of their fighters rammed a car bomb into the base, in Janale, about 90 km (55 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu, and then gunmen poured inside.
The African Union
peacekeeping mission, known as AMISOM, did not immediately release casualty figures for the attack, which came roughly a year after al Shabaab
leader Ahmed Abdi Godane
was killed in a US air strike.
often exaggerates the success of its attacks, and officials played down losses. But Somalia
-focused diplomatic sources said the death toll was expected to be "very large".