MOGADISHU, Somalia – Heavy fighting broke out between Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab fighters and Islamic State militants near Somali border along Kenya.
The fighting flared up last night after heavily armed Al Shabaab fighters launched an ambush attack on small targets held by Islamic State militants in El Adde town, some 550 km west of Somali capital Mogadishu.
El Adde, a town close to Kenyan border along Somalia.
Radio Risaala, a local FM based in Mogadishu reported that several militants from both warring sides had been killed in the latest clash in Somalia.
Neither Al Shabaab nor Islamic State commented on the fighting.
Last week, Al-Shabab leadership has broadcast a 42-minute statement accusing Islamic State (IS) group fighters of “spoiling the ongoing jihad in Somalia”.
Through their spokesperson, Ali Mohamud – alias Ali Rage, the group called on its fighters to carry out attacks to wipe out IS fighters.
Mohamud said the IS fighters were “a deadly disease” and “a cancer”.
The Islamic State has been mounting noticeably more attacks in Somalia in recent months, following the group’s loss of its “caliphate” heartlands in Syria and Iraq late last year.