Al Shabaab militants attacked two Somali National Army bases at the weekend. Casualties on both sides were reported but the Somali national army says it is in control of the bases. The militants attacked the bases south west of the capital, Mogadishu with residents saying they heard two explosions after morning prayers, and then a third blast targeting reinforcements. The militant group, Al-Shabaab said it had carried out a suicide attack at one base while at the same time attacking the other base with a car bomb. Militants from al Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, have waged years of attacks and levied tolls on trade in a campaign to introduce strict religious law. Senior Research Fellow University of Pretoria, Prof Abdi Ismail Samatar told SABC News the government in Mogadishu has to have a fundamental change in its approach to running the country if peace is to be achieved.
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