MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least six militants were killed in fighting between Somali armed villagers backed country’s armed forces and Al Shabaab fighters near Bardere town, some 343km west of the capital, Mogadishu.
The fighting flared up on Saturday when the villagers refused to provide their domestic animals to the militant group, triggering fierce clash.
Mohamed Ali Abdullahi, a Somali military officer says six militants were killed and several others were also injured during the fighting.
He added his military forces backed the villagers in fighting against al Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliated group.
“We killed six militants and we also destroyed two battle-wagons belonging to the militants”, he added.
There was no immediate comment from the armed militant group over the claims.
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.