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Friday, September 7, 2012

Somalia: Al Shabab Attacks African Union Forces

Badade — Heavily armed Al shabab fighters attacked on Thursday night the town of Badade under the control of Kenyan forces, serving with the AMISOM and the Somalia's Transitional Federal Government soldiers.

Residents of northern Mogadishu reported hearing explosions and gunfire used in Badade combat on Wednesday as Somali government and African Union soldiers advanced on other Al-Shabab positions in the same region.

The casualty is yet unclear. Al shabab militants have lost control of the southern town of Badade in last February, and therefore they have receded back towards Kismayu".

The offensive comes several days after Al-Shabab displayed the dead bodies of four soldiers, two Kenyans and two Somalia in Kismayo following heavy fighting in Miido area, close to Afmadow town.

Meanwhile, Somali and Kenya continue to step up attacks against Al Shabaab-controlled port town of Kismayo, where for the fourth-day is under sea, air and ground strikes, forcing local residents to flee their houses.