MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali especial forces have foiled an orchestrated bomb attack after an operation was carried out in Middle Juba region.
The operation was executed in Koban and Geban as the Special Forces came under ambush attack by al Shabaab where four militants were killed.
In a statement, the military said four militants were neutralized and four others also injured during the surprise assault on Thursday.
The military also said it had removed bomb explosives that were planted on the roads in Koban.
Meanwhile, Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed to have carried out an attack on an army base in Sanguni, an area lies some 50km north of the coastal town of Kismayo in the same region.
The rebel group says its fighters had killed five soldiers and wounded nine others in the attack.
But, the Somali military has not commented on the claims yet.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The al Qaeda linked group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia.