MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least 10 fighters were killed during fighting between Somali army forces and Al Shabaab in Qoryoley town of Lower Shabelle region, some about 120 km south of the capital, Mogadishu.
The fighting broke out shortly after the Al Shabaab militants launched an attack on a military base in the town, killing ten fighters, said, Ali Waal — a senior police officer in the town via phone.
He says the military forces had repulsed the attack.
The militant group also carried out other ambush attacks on military bases in Qoryooley, Awdhegle and Barrire towns in the region, causing untold casualties.
There was no immediate comment from the group over the skirmishes yet.
This comes a day after the group carried out a mortar attack on Marka town and other ambush attacks on military forces and African Union troops near Balcad town where the group said killed ten peacekeeping soldiers.
The African Union mission in Somalia has not yet commented on 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.
It also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas.
The group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia.