Somalia: Jihadists attack US training base at Baledogle

(BBC) – Jihadists have attacked a military base where US soldiers train commandos in Somalia.

Local residents reported heavy blasts and gunfire at Baledogle airport in the southern Lower Shabelle region.

The al-Shabab militant group said it had carried out the attack, using a car bomb to blast through the gates before sending its fighters inside.

Military officials say the jihadists were repulsed without breaching the perimeter fence.

No casualties were reported among the Somali military.

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In a statement, US Ambassador Donald Yamamoto praised the Somali military for their “alertness and swift response”.

“This attack yet again demonstrates al-Shabab violently opposes progress towards peace and prosperity in Somalia,” he said.