MOGADISHU – Heavy fighting broke out between government forces and Al Qaeda inspired group Al Shabaab fighters in southwest of Somalia.
The gun battle flared up last night, after Al-Shabab fighters armed with RPGs, machine-guns, AK-47s and grenade bombs launched an attack on army base in Qoryoley town.
Qoryoley, a town in Lower Shabelle region. It situates about 95km southwest of Somali capital Mogadishu and is under control of country’s army forces, along with African Union peacekeeping troops.
Mohamed Ibrahim, Qoryoley district commissioner, said the military forces repulsed the attack orchestrated by Al Shabaab militants.
Ibrahim confirmed that at least 7 militants had been killed in the fighting.
He says a government soldier lost his life during the fighting against Al Qaeda linked group of Al Shabaab.
“We warded off the group’s attack last night in the town. The military forces killed 7 terrorists as we lost a soldier in the clash”, he told Sonna News Agency.
Mr. Ibrahim added his forces launched military offensive, in a bid to re-capture small villages held by the gtroup.
Somali army forces, backed by African Union peacekeeping forces pushed Al Shabaab out of small areas and Marka town, some 91km southwest of the capital of Mogadishu.
The group has been fighting against Somalia, African Union peacekeepers for more than ten years in Somalia.
The Al Qaeda linked group, which once controlled much of Somali capital Mogadishu in 2011, wants to topple the Weak-Western-backed government of Somalia.