Al-Shabaab claims car bomb strike against Somali military base

According to media reports, car bombs hit a Somali government military base in the country’s lower Shabelle region.

The Al-Shabaab Islamist militant group has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

The blasts occurred in Awdhigle, an agricultural district along the Shabelle River, 70 km southwest of the Mogadishu.

Al-Shabaab, which reportedly emerged in Somalia in 2006, is allied with the al-Qaeda terrorist group. Somalia has been engulfed in violence since the eruption of a civil war between clan-based armed groups in the early 1990s. Al-Shabaab has been staging numerous attacks across the country in an attempt to impose Sharia law.