MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, reports emerged that al-Shabaab militants had attacked the Ethiopian-run AMISOM military base in Somali town of Halgan, killing at least 43 servicemen.
We can confirm there was an attempted Al Shabaab attack on the AMISOM/SNA base in #Halgan Somalia. The enemy was successfully repulsed.— AMISOM (@amisomsomalia) 9 June 2016
Somalia has been mired in an armed conflict with Islamist militants for two decades. The country's government relies heavily on the African Union’s peacekeepers for protection.