KISMAYO (SD) – A Somali military has claimed that they killed at least five al-Shabaab fighters and wounded several others following fierce fighting with the group’s fighters in southern Somalia.
A military official who spoke to the media confirmed that heavily armed al-Shabaab fighters had attacked a compound belonging to NISA forces in Dhobley town of southern Somalia.
Talking about the casualties on Somali forces, Mohamed Ali Osman, a military officer said the fighting also claimed lives of two soldiers.
“Five al-Shabaab fighters and two government soldiers have died in the fighting. Al-Shabaab were defeated and went away with casualties. The camp is under the control of the government forces,” Mohamed Ali Osman, a military officer told the state-owned media.
The officer also claimed that the government forces recovered weapons and ammunition.
The fighting between Somali forces and al-Shabaab fighters comes hours after a suicide bomber targeted a senior journalist in Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Radio Mogadishu director Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, commonly known as Abdiaziz Afrika, a prominent Somali journalist was a critic of the al-Shabab armed group.
Abdiaziz Afrika was killed in explosion as he was leaving a restaurant.
Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the blast, which killed Radio Mogadishu director Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, commonly known as Abdiaziz Afrika.
The attack wounded several other people, including the director of Somali National Television and a driver.