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Al-Shabab attack leaves dozens dead in Somalia

Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A clash between al-Shabab militants, and Somali soldiers backed by civilians left dozens dead this week, the Ministry of Information said Tuesday.

The ministry told Voice of America that militants attacked a military base in the central town of Ba'adweyene on Monday morning, killing four soldiers and 11 civilians who took part in the battle.

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Information Minister Osman Dubbe said government forces killed 51 al-Shabab militants in the fight, including the mastermind of the attack.

"Al-Shabab defeat in yesterday's attack in Ba'adweyene is a clear example of how the people who stand by the army can easily stop the attacks and plots of the enemy against the Somali nation, " Dubbe said.

Al-Shabab said it killed 53 troops in the attack and seized military vehicles. The group posted photos online of weapons it said it seized.

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