A Somali soldier stands guard next to the site where Al-Shabab militants carried out a suicide attack against a military intelligence base in Mogadishu on June 21, 2015. AFP/MOHAMMAD ABDIWAHAB
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Dozens of soldiers were killed Friday when Somalia's Al-Shabab insurgents overran an African Union base, witnesses said, describing intense fighting which left corpses strewn around.The military outpost was manned by around 100 Burundian soldiers who are part of the 22,000 strong African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).An Al-Shabab spokesman said the militants had taken control of the base killing "dozens" and had raised their flag and seized weapons.If the death toll is confirmed Friday's attack would be one of the deadliest single incidents since AMISOM soldiers arrived in Somalia eight years ago.
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