Al-Shabab attacks military base north of Mogadishu
Dozens of fighters from the jihadist group al-Shabab have attacked a military base in Somalia.
Eyewitnesses said they briefly took over the Hilweyne base north of the capital, Mogadishu, and destroyed vehicles and buildings before withdrawing.
Military sources say government troops made a tactical withdrawal and one soldier was killed.
Eyewitnesses say four civilians also died in Thursday night’s attack.
Al-Shabab said it had killed four soldiers.
The al-Qaeda linked group – which opposes Somalia’s UN-backed government – was forced out of Mogadishu in 2011.
But it still controls swathes of the countryside and frequently detonates bombs and carries out gun raids in the city.
On Tuesday it attacked the SYL hotel near the president’s residence.