Somali soldiers walk along Bosaso harbor in Puntland on November 18, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Mohamed Abdiwahab
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Islamic insurgents stormed a Somali military base outside the capital Mogadishu early Monday, claiming to have inflicted heavy casualties.The fighting broke out at Laanta-Buro military base about 40 kilometres (25 miles) south-west of Mogadishu soon after midnight with witnesses saying fighters from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab overran the camp. Somali military official Abdulahi Ibrahim confirmed the attack.In the last year Shebab has stepped up its attacks on isolated military bases, overrunning camps manned by Ugandan, Burundian and Kenyan troops deployed as part of the African Union peace-enforcement mission, AMISOM, and killing scores of soldiers each time.
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