Al-Shabaab fighters have early Monday attacked Somali federal government forces military base in Bariire town of Lower Shabelle region.
According to officials from the FGS, Al-Shabaab has attacked the military forces base in the area but the forces have repulsed.
General Odowa Yusuf Yusuf Rage, the commander of Somali armed forces, told government media that they have repulsed the attack and killed 20 Alshabaaba militants.
The attack prompted hours of heavy fighting between the Somali army and heavily armed Al-Shabaab fighters.
Al-Shabaab has been the last weeks increasing military bases attacks in the southern part of Somalia routinely targets AU forces and government bases.