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Fierce fighting erupts in south of Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Heavy fighting broke out between Somali army forces backed by African Union troops and Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.

The fighting flared up in Kabtan las near Qoryoley town, after Al Shabaab militants launched an attack on army bases manned by the coalition forces.

Faisa Mohamed, a local resident says the clash lasted for hours as heavy weaponries could be heard through Kabtan neighborhood.

Mohamed says she could not confirm the exact number of casualty resulted in the fighting.

It is unclear how many were killed or injured.

Neither Somalia and African Union nor Al Shabaab has commented on the latest skirmish.

The al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab has been fighting for more than ten years in Somalia.

The group also carried out similar bomb attacks in the capital of Mogadishu for five consecutive days.

The militant group lost key south and central towns to Somali army and African Union troops, after joint military offensive.

However, Al Shabaab was driven out of Somali capital Mogadishu in 2011. The group also wants to topple the weak-westren backed government of Somalia.

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