Al-shabab launched an attack on Somali forces base in Qalimow at midnight, and killed dozens of troops, residents say.
Government officials declined to give details of the casualties.
Unauthorized officer told local media that heavily armed men entered Qalimow neighbourhood of Bal’ad district and confirmed casualties on their side.
“About 2 am in local time numbers of militants have stormed and controlled for hours after midnight” said a resident talked to Mareeg.com.
“We didn’t sleep, we could heard gunfire and artillery barrages, we thought that quake struck” he added.
On the other hand 4 alshabab fighters have been killed.
On Sunday Al-shabab attacked and killed military officers in Lower shabelle region.