Al-Shabab claims US training base attack

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Reports from Somalia say there has been a jihadist attack on a military base where American soldiers have been training their Somali counterparts.

Residents of the area reported heavy explosions and gunfire at Balidogle airport in the Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia.

A website sympathetic to the Islamist al-Shabab militants said the group used a car bomb to blast through the gates before sending its fighters inside.

Military officials say the jihadists have been pushed back.

Dominica Nwabufo