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Somali Islamist rebels say attacking main African Union base in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU - Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab attacked the main African Union (AU) peacekeeping base in the capital Mogadishu on Thursday, the group's military spokesman said.
A Reuters photographer near the base said sporadic gunfire could be heard from inside the compound. African Union officials could not be reached for comment."Our fighters have entered AU's Halane base by force through the gate and now fighting is going on inside the base," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operation spokesman, told Reuters.
It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.
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