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At least 15 Somalian government soldiers killed in extremist ambush

Published 02/11/2015

A street scene in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia which has been afflicted by violence
A street scene in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia which has been afflicted by violence

At least 15 Somalian soldiers have been killed in an ambush by fighters from the Islamic extremist rebel group al-Shabab.

Colonel Ahmed Muse said late Monday that the ambush took place near Walaweyn, a town in Lower Shabelle region, about 58 miles south of the capital, Mogadishu.

He said the rebels seized three military vehicles during the ambush.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack and said it had killed 30 soldiers, but it was impossible to independently verify the group's claims.

The attack comes a day after extremists attacked a hotel in Mogadishu, killing at least 12 people and injuring many others before they were killed by security forces.

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