Al-Shabaab fighters have early Monday attacked Somali federal government-backed with AMISOM forces military base in Buulo Burde of Middle Shabelle region
According to officials from the FGS, Al-Shabaab has attacked the military forces base in the area but the forces have repulsed.
The attack prompted hours of heavy fighting between the Somali army and heavily armed Al-Shabaab fighters.
There are a variety of casualties on both sides, although it is unclear exactly what the official casualties are.
Al-Shabaab, which is fighting the southern part of Somalia routinely targets AU forces and government bases in the country.
Bulo Burde is situated along the Shabelle river and is the second largest town in Hiran after the provincial capital Beledweyne.