Al Shabaab claims it's killed 43 Ethiopian soldiers


Ethiopia has defended its decision to withdraw from Somalia.

NAIROBI -- Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab said on Thursday it had killed 43 soldiers in an attack on a base of Ethiopian troops serving with the African Union&39;s AMISOM force in the Horn of Africa nation.

An AMISOM spokesperson had no immediate comment. The force usually says it is up to the troop-contributing country to announce casualties.

In the past, casualty figures cited by al Shabaab have been much higher than official numbers.

"We killed 43 AU soldiers from Ethiopia in the fighting," al Shabaab&39;s military operations spokesperson Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab told Reuters, adding "several" of its fighters had also been killed without giving a figure.