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Govt forces kill 21 al-Shabab militants in central Somalia

Somali soldiers walk at Sanguuni military base, about 450 km south of Mogadishu, Somalia, on June 13, 2018. (MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB / AFP)

MOGADISHU – Somali National Army (SNA) killed 21 al-Shabab militants and injured several others after al-Shabab militants raided a military base in central Somalia early Tuesday.

Chief of Defense Forces Odowaa Yusuf Rage told the Somali National News Agency that the militants attacked the base with two car bombs, causing destruction.

Five SNA soldiers were killed in the attack, Rage said, commending the soldiers for their swift response in repulsing the attackers.

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Al-Shabab has lost ground to the Somali government and African Union troops in recent months but still controls some territory in southern and central Somalia.