Deadly battle kills 3 AU soldiers in south of Mogadishu

BARAWE (Mareeg Online) —Heavy fighting broke out between Somali army soldiers, along with African Union peacekeeping forces and Al Shabaab fighters near Barawe town, about 180 km south of Mogadishu.

The gun battle started in Kabtanlas area, after militants armed with RPGs and machine-guns attacked on army bases manned by Somalia and African Union (AMISOM) forces, according to local residents.

Heavy and slight weaponries could be heard near the town, said, a resident, who asked to be anonymous for reprisal attack on his life.

Radio Shabelle published on its website that at least three African Union peacekeepers had been killed in battle near Barawe town.

Somali-based group of Al Shabaab claimed to have killed three Ugandan soldiers, serving under African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) during the fighting.

There was no immediate response from African Union mission over the claims by Al Shabaab.

Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia

Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline Email: