MOGADISHU, Somalia — A Somali military official says Islamic extremists have overrun an African Union base in southern Somalia after a firefight with troops there.
Col. Ahmed Hassan said Tuesday that the attack in the small farming town of Janale started with a suicide car bombing at the base's gate, followed by a firefight which lasted more than an hour.
Ahmed told The Associated Press by phone that the militants overran the base after damaging a nearby bridge with a massive bomb to prevent troops from escaping.
The Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had killed many troops.
There were no official details about casualties.