Somalia stabilizing areas recently liberated from Al-Shabaab
The situation is now stable, and the ATMIS and government forces have launched operations in Bal'ad and its surroundings to ensure security.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - At midnight, Al-Shabaab shelled a military camp housing Burundian troops of the ATMIS contingent in the Bal'ad district of the Middle Shabelle region.
Local sources said at least 5 mortar shells were targeted at the ATMIS military base in the Hawa Taako neighborhood, causing casualties on the AU troops and civilians in nearby houses.
The reports add that the Burundian forces responded with heavy artillery, and the official damage resulting from the attack is not clear.
There was a heavy exchange of artillery between the Burundian forces and Al-Shabaab. The people in the area said Al-Shabaab often carried out such overnight attacks against the army bases.
The situation is now stable, and the ATMIS and government forces have launched operations in Bal'ad and its surroundings to ensure security. ATMIS is yet to release a statement on the attack.
In the last few days, there have been operations against Al-Shabaab in the Basra area near Bal'ad district, where Mogadishu police boss Gen Farhan Qarole was killed last month by an IED blast.
As many as 600 Al-Shabaab members were killed in the past three months, according to a PM report marking the 100th day of his stay in office this week.