Somali Islamist militants said on Saturday “Western” forces attacked a house in one of its coastal bases. The attack happened in the town of Barawe under the cover of darkness. One rebel fighter was killed.
Foreign forces landed on the beach at Barawe, about 180 km south of Mogadishu, and launched an assault that drew gunfire from rebel fighters, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, spokesman for al Shabaab’s military operations, told Reuters.
It was not immediately clear why the Barawe base had been targeted .. nor whether the assault was related to the attack on a Kenyan mall two weeks ago. The al Qaeda-linked group said it carried out the attack in Kenya which killed at least 67.
Western nations are worried that Somalia will sink back into chaos and provide a launchpad for Islamist militancy despite a fragile recovery after two decades of war.
Al Shabaab were driven out of Mogadishu in late 2011 and are struggling to hold on to territory elsewhere in the face of attacks by Kenyan, Ethiopian and African Union forces trying to prevent Islamist militancy spreading out from Somalia.