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30 Burundian soldiers killed in Al-Shabab militants attack in Somalia

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The Burundian military has confirmed that at least 30 of its soldiers were killed and 20 others injured in an attack by al-Shabab militants on an African Union base in southern Somalia on Tuesday.

According to the report, 10 of the soldiers who were part of the AU Peacekeeping force stationed in the war-ravaged Somalia, died on the spot while the rest of the soldiers succumbed to their wounds while receiving treatment at different hospitals.

The report added that other soldiers are still missing following the attack which the al-Qaeda has since accepted responsibility for.

In a statement on the militants’ Telegram channel, al-Shabab said it killed 173 soldiers in the attack on the AU base in the village of El-Baraf, about 150 kilometers north of Mogadishu.

Though the casualty figure has not been independently verified by officials, military sources say at least 161 soldiers were at the camp at the time of attack.

A Somalian official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said soldiers had intelligence that al-Shabab was gathering in a nearby village about 48 hours prior to the attack. He said the soldiers prepared to defend themselves and dug trenches but were caught by surprise by the enormity of al-Shabab explosives detonated at the camp.

He added that the militants used three truck bombs, one of which fell into a ditch, estimating the militants detonated about 20 kilograms of explosives, and that 450 militants overran the camp.

The official also said 20 al-Shabab militants were killed in the attack.

Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiyec who posted on Twitter on Wednesday, said there are no words strong enough to condemn the terrorist attack against the Burundian contingent.

“I join with all of Africa which has just lost sons and daughters … to console the hard-hit families,” Ndayishimiyec wrote.

Late last month, the al-Shabaab group has launched a mortar attack on the Somalian parliament during a joint session where six people were injured while last week, the group also Al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for a blast at a seaside restaurant in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, where six people were also killed and several others wounded.

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Somali forces, local vigilantes, recapture strategic town from Al-Shabaab terrorists

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The Somali National Army (SNA), alongside local vigilantes popularly called Mo’awisley, on Monday, recaptured the strategic city of Adan Yabaal from the al-Shabaab terrorist group, the military said in a bulletin on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the town located near the border between Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions that comprise Hirshabelle State, which is about 220 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu, is one of the five federal member states of the Federal Government of Somalia, and had been a strategic location held by the al-Qaeda-sponsored extremist group.

The SNA said in the bulletin that it met no resistance from the al-Shabaab fighters who left the town without posing resistance on getting information about the approach of the federal troops.

Al-Shabaab have lost most of the towns and settlements in Hirshabelle State, both Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions, after the SNA and Mo’awisley vigilantes waged offensive wars.

“Mo’awisley vigilantes, who are mainly composed of nomadic herders, took up arms and rebelled against the jihadists’ confiscation of their livestock and illegal tax collection known as zakawaat.

“Over the last couple of weeks, the government forces and the vigilantes have been gradually inching towards the town which they seized on Monday. The town had been under the full control of al-Shabaab for over a decade,” the bulletin said.

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Tanzania President, Samia Hassan, cancels country’s Independence Day celebrations: Here’s why

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Tanzania’s President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has cancelled the country’s Independence Day celebrations which was scheduled for Friday, December 9, and has rather directed that the funds that would have been sunk into the celebration should be used to build dormitories for children with special needs.

The organisers of Tanzania’s 61st Independence Day celebrations had presented a budget of $445,000 to the government but the President vehemently opposed the budget and ordered that the money should be used to build dormitories in primary schools around the country.

However, Tanzania’s Minister of State, George Simbachawene, said the money had been disbursed, alluding that the East African country will celebrate Independence Day by having public dialogues on development marked with pomp and state banquets.

This is not the first time Tanzania has cancelled the celebrations.

In 2015, late President John Magufuli cancelled the celebrations and diverted funds towards the building of a road in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

In 2020, he also cancelled the celebrations and directed that the budget earmarked for it should be used to buy medical facilities.

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