Over ten combatants including SNA soldiers and Al-Shabaab fighters killed after Al-Shabaab attacked military bases housing government and African Union troops south west of the capital Mogadishu late on Monday.
Locality K-50 chief Ali Nur Ahmed said a soldier and 9 Al Shabaab fighters were killed in the attack in K-50 and Muri in Lower Shabelle region.
Al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, Abdiasis Abu Musab, said the group’s fighters had killed 10 soldiers and commandeered a vehicle from the Somali government soldiers.
Al-Shabaab which wants to topple internationally recognised Somali government has carried out several deadly attacks in Somalia’s main towns.
Despite the well organised offensives by Somali forces backed AU troops, the group still controls large swath of rural areas in south and central Somalia.