Battle of Leego (2015)

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Battle of Leego (2015)
Part of War in Somalia (2009–present) and 2015 Ramadan attacks
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Political situation in Somalia (October 2014)
Date 26 June 2015
Location Leego, Somalia
2°42′55″N 44°30′46″E / 2.7154°N 44.5128°E / 2.7154; 44.5128Coordinates: 2°42′55″N 44°30′46″E / 2.7154°N 44.5128°E / 2.7154; 44.5128
Result

Al-Shabaab Victory, AMISOM Strategic Victory

Al-Shabaab briefly captures Leego base, before withdrawing.
Belligerents

AMISOM

 Burundi
Al-Shabaab
Commanders and leaders
Burundi Lieutenant General Silas Ntigurirwa Ahmad Umar
Strength

 Burundi:

100 soldiers

Al-Shabaab:

Unknown, at least several dozen
Casualties and losses

Burundi:

70+ killed, 27 injured

:

Unknown

Al-Shabaab militants attacked an African Union Mission to Somalia base in the Leego district of Somalia and killed more than 70 African Union soldiers and seized control of their military base on 26 June 2015.[1][2][3] A military outpost with around 100 Burundian soldiers was attacked by militants with a car bomb, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

The Mail & Guardian described the attack as the "latest attack during the insurgents’ annual Ramadan fighting season."[3] It was reported that militants beheaded survivors of the attack at the base. Footage has been released of barefoot dead soldiers and a soldier being shot.[4]

Somalian and AMISOM troops reportedly retook the base and town on 28 June while Al-Shabab withdrew and offered no resistance to them but not before beheading the local Deputy District commissioner among the captives they took.[5]

The battle coincided with the 2015 Ramadan attacks conducted by ISIL and its sympathizers. However no direct link between the al-Shabaab attack and the other attacks that day exists.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Al-Shabab Attack Kills Scores of AU Troops". VOA.
  2. ^ "Al-Shabaab kills dozens of African Union troops at base in Somalia". the Guardian.
  3. ^ a b "UPDATE: Al-Shabaab claim that they had killed 30 soldiers when they 'overrun' AU Somalia base manned by Burundi troops". Mail & Guardian Africa.
  4. ^ "Al-Shabaab kills dozens of African Union troops at base in Somalia".
  5. ^ "Somalia: Somali and AU Retake Lego From Al Shabaab". AllAfrica.com. 2015-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
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