Al Shabaab fighters attacked small village near southwest estate headquarter this morning and after brief fighting Somali troops left the town for tactical reasons,” says Somali Army Major Hussein Edin from the nearby town of Baidoa. One Somali soldier was killed, he said.
Goofgaduud lies about 250 km (160 miles) northwest of Mogadishu, the capital.
Al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, confirmed the group had captured the settlement. He said seven Somali soldiers were killed.