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At least 15 Somalian government soldiers killed in extremist ambush

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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