Ethiopian troops repel Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia
(africanews)—-Ethiopian troops on Friday engaged in combat with Al-Shabaab fighters in the town of Buur Hakaba in Somalia’s southern Bay Region, multiple sources reported.
One source, a VOA journalist described the confrontation as one of the deadliest saying that the insurgents had attacked the convoy of the troops with an improvised explosive device, IED.
Harun Maruf said it took security reinforcement from Baidoa, capital of the Bay region to fend off the attack that left the Ethiopians with casualties.
An Ethiopian reinforcement from Baidoa was also ambushed with more IEDs. Ethiopian military helicopters are said to have targeted a base where the insurgents were believed to have launched their attacks.
Reports of fighting between Ethiopian and Al-Shabaab militants about 15 west of Bur Hakaba town early Friday morning. Early reports say two IEDs firstly hit ENDF convoy.
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) January 18, 2019
Ethiopian contingent are part of the wider African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM. The mission is mandated by the African Union Peace and Security Council and authorized by the United Nations Security Council.
Troop contributing countries include Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Djibouti and Somalia. It also has a police force with personnel from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia.
The force is a major player in the fight against Al-Shabaab and supporting the Federal Government of Somalia, FGS.