Somali forces retake town briefly seized by Al-Shabaab

MOGADISHU (SD) – Joint forces from Somali national army (SNA) and Galmudug soldiers have recaptured a central Somalia town briefly seized by Al-Shabaab militants early Tuesday morning.

According to military sources confirmed that al-Shabaab militants were drove out of Amara town in Mudug region following heavy clashes with the joint forces.

Over ten combatants from both sides have reportedly died during the fighting.

Heavily armed al-Shabaab fighters early in the morning stormed a military base in Amara town, prompting fierce fighting with Somali forces.

The assault began with the militants attempting to drive a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) onto the base.

 Military sources claim the VBIED was destroyed on approach, which was followed up with an infantry assault.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

In a statement posted its affiliate media, the group claimed seizing 14 military vehicles including twelve technical vehicles.

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