Somalia's al Shabaab attacks AU base, two injured

October 29, 2011 15:17

MOGADISHU - Two African Union peacekeepers were injured on Saturday when Somalia's al Shabaab rebels attacked one of the mission's bases in Mogadishu, a spokesman for the force said.

The al-Qaida allied insurgents are battling to overthrow Somalia's Transitional Federal Government and impose their own version of sharia law on the nation.

The 9,000-strong AU peacekeeping force propping up the government and fighting al Shabaab is made up of soldiers from Uganda and Burundi.

"Al Shabaab attacked us at the former steel factory which is beyond the Mogadishu stadium. Fighting has subsided but it is still going on," said Paddy Ankunda, the AU mission's spokesman.

He said the attack started with a suicide bombing which injured two Ugandan soldiers.

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