Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN)Three people were killed in a foiled attack Wednesday against a newly established military camp near Mogadishu, Somali army officials said.
3 people killed in a foiled Al-Shabaab attack on a Somali military camp
Troops managed to "fend off two car bombs and a gun raid," but three people died in the attack in Awdheegle district, about 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) from the city, regional army official Hussain Barre told CNN.
Al-Shabab, the al-Qaeda-linked militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack. The claim came in a statement and without supporting evidence.
The attack happened hours after Somali state-run media reported that Al-Shabaab's spokesman, Sheikh Ali Dheere, was wounded Sunday during a military operation in Awdheegle.