MOGADISHU – Somali military says its forces clashed with armed
militants belonging to Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab in Marka town, some
91km southwest of Mogadishu.
The fighting broke out at Marka Jilib in the coastal town of Marka,
after Somali army forces launched joint military offensive against
small villages held by Al Shabaab, said in a Twitter post by the
The military claimed to have killed 13 Al Shabaab militants during the fighting
Meanwhile, the armed group Al Shabaab denies claims made by Somali
military. The group said its fighters had seized an armored vehicle
during the clash.
Last month, Somali army forces backed by African Union peacekeeping
forces re-captured the coastal town from Al Shabaab.