Al-Shabab fighters have attacked an AU military base in central Somalia amid ongoing army operations against the Al-Qaeda-linked Militant group in the country.
The militants targeted an outpost belonging to Djibouti peacekeepers located outside Bulo-burde town in Hiran region. The ambush sparked a heavy gunfight between the two sides.
Following the attack, Djibouti soldiers rounded up 17 people on suspicion of having links with Al-Shabab, according to local residents who spoke to Radio Shabelle via phone.
The Djibouti troops are part of African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM] which is made up of 22,000 soldiers from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, and Ethiopia.