Al-Shabaab ambushes AU convoy in southern Somalia, no casualties: army

MOGADISHU, July 24 (Xinhua) — The militant group Al-Shabaab on Monday ambushed a convoy of African Union and Somalia army forces in Gedo region in southern Somalia but the Somali military has ruled out any casualties.

A military source told journalists the militants planted landmines on the road used by the allied forces in Bardhere town leading to injury of one soldier.

“They (Al-Shabaab) planted landmine on the road in the outskirts of Bardhere town targeting our troops. We managed to fight them back. Only one Somali soldier was slightly injured,” Somali army commander in Gedo region Shukri Abdullahi said.

A resident, Abdiqani Omar told Xinhua there were reports of clashes outside Bardhere town. “We heard of a clash in the outskirts of Bardhere but the situation is now normal,” Abdiqani said.

The militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. Kenyan forces under Amisom operate in the Gedo region which is classified as sector 2.