MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali army forces backed by African Union troops known as ‘AMISOM’ fought against Al Shabaab militants in Qoryoley town.
The fighting started when the militants carried out an attack on military bases manned by the coalition forces in the town, triggering fierce fighting, a resident said.
He says the allied forces repulsed the attack, causing an untold number of casualties.
The coalition forces reportedly started an operation against the militants earlier on Tuesday in the town of the attack.
This comes a day after Al Shababa militants claimed to have killed 23 Somali military soldiers in a massive attack on a military base near Marka town, some 91km southwest of the capital, Mogadishu.
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.