Egypt – At least seven people are dead following a shoot-out in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on the 13 Sep 17 a military official said. Two conscripts and five others were killed after a suicide bomber attempted to "storm" a checkpoint outside the town of Rafah, near Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip, according to Colonel Tamer el-Rifai. No group immediately assumed responsibility for the attack, which also wounded two others. The incident occurred just two days after a deadly ISIL attack in the restive region claimed the lives of 18 policemen.
Somalia/al-Shabaab – Al Shabaab militants attacked a military base near Somalia’s southern port city of Kismayu early on the 2 Sep 17 a Somali army officer said, adding that he did not immediately have details of any casualties. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack and said 26 Somali soldiers had been killed in the incident, but that could not be confirmed by other sources. “We understand al Shabaab attacked the base and fierce fighting and a blast occurred, but still we have no details,” Mohamed Isa, a military officer said. The attack was on a base in the village of Bala Gudud, near Kismayu. State radio also reported the base had been attacked but said casualties were not yet known. The base is jointly operated by the Somali national army and forces from the semi-autonomous Jubbaland region of southern Somalia, it reported. Residents in Bala Gudud said a blast was heard and an exchange of gunfire broke out shortly after the first Muslim prayer of the day. Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military spokesman said: “This morning, we stormed the Jubaland base near Bula Gudud. We killed 26 soldiers and burnt two cars.” The militants left the base after taking weapons, ammunition and several vehicles, he added.
Somalia/al-Shabaab – Heavy fighting erupted on the 11 Sep 17 in the Somali border town of Balad Hawo near Kenya after al-Shabaab detonated a suicide car bomb and then stormed the military base there, the spokesman of the al-Qaeda-linked group said. "First, a mujahid with a car bomb rammed into the military base and then we stormed it," the spokesman, Abdiasis Abu Musab, said. The group also said 24 Somali soldiers were killed in the raid, but a Somali military official put the figure at about 10 dead soldiers. "We were awoken by a suicide car bomb this morning and then fierce battle followed," Major Mohamed Abdullahi said. "We lost at least 10 soldiers. We chased al-Shabaab out of the town. We killed seven militants," Abdullahi said. The death toll on both sides could still rise, however, he added. Residents said the fighting was continuing.