At least 10 soldiers were killed and 20 others wounded Saturday in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo when a car loaded with explosives drove onto an army base and exploded, witnesses and security officials said.
The bombers rammed their vehicle into the gates of a former university campus that is now a military camp where African Union peacekeepers from Kenya and Somali soldiers are being trained to fight the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, said Somali officials.
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At least 10 soldiers died in the attack, said senior military official Colonel Mohamed Hassan in Kismayo.
The two militants were killed in the attack and two more suspected militants were arrested and are being interrogated by security officials, the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia said on Twitter.
The al-Qaida-affiliated al-Shabab said it carried out the attack, and claimed the death toll was significantly higher than reported.
Despite being forced out of many of their strongholds, the Islamist extremist group is still able to launch lethal attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere in Somalia.