MOGADISHU, Somalia, – Somali army forces have conducted new security operation against al Shabaab militants near Bardere town, some 343km south west of Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The operation was carried out in Dhobley, Hila Ari, Gergilis and Bakal areas, just about 25km north and east of Bardhere town.
The military forces came under ambush attack by al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab during the operation, a military official, who asked to be anonymous said.
He says the military soldiers had repulsed the attack, declining to comment on the casualty.
It is unclear how many were killed or injured in the surprise attack.
al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group continues to hold small rural areas in central and southern Somalia
The group was pushed out of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in 2011 after a joint offensive carried out by Somalia and African Union troops.
The rebel group wants to overthrow the weak UN-backed government in Somalia and impose its own strict interpretation of Islamic law.
It has also lost control of many towns and cities to a 22,000-strong African Union force supporting the government of Somalia.