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    African Union Mission Confirms Al-Shabaab Attack on Base in Somalia

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    The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) confirmed Thursday an al-Shabaab Islamist group's attack on the organization's base located in the central part of the country.

    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. 

    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.

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