Al-Shabab fighters have taken control of large sections of territory in the Horn of Africa nation of Somalia., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Somalia: Al Shabaab insurgents attack coalition forces
Feb 12, 2012 - 1:46:37 AM
BUSAAR, Somalia Feb 12 2012 (Garowe Online) â€“ After officially joining Al Qaeda on Friday Al Shabaab insurgents attacked Somali and Kenyan troops stationed in the southern town of Busaar, Radio Garowe reports.
The insurgents ambushed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and Kenyan troops the fighting lasted for more than an hour with both sides using heavy artillery.
There have been no confirmations as of yet on the casualties the amounted from this battle in Gedo region, but local sources say that 10 people were killed altogether.
The town of Busaar is located in the region of Gedo which has become a new front in the battle against Al Shabaab. The Al Shabaab insurgents use guerrilla tactics against Kenyan, Ethiopian and Somali forces.
Kenyan officials say the terrorist cell was weakened in the past months, according to Colonel Cyrus Oguna, who told reporters that, â€œin terms of revenue that Al-Shabaab is earning, it is totally disrupted. In our own assessment, 75 percent of revenue collection of Al-Shabaab has been disrupted.