Mogadishu-(Puntland Mirror) At least five people including three Somali government forces and two Al-Shabab fighters were killed after heavy fighting erupted in Afgoye town between the Somali army and Al-Shabab militants on Monday, an official said.
Abdirahman Ahmed, a Somali national army captain said that the fighting started after Al-Shabaab fighters attacked an army base in Afgoye town of the lower Shabelle region, as cited by Anadolu News Agency.
“Al-Shabaab militants attacked an army base in Afgoye. Three soldiers were killed and two others were also wounded. We killed two al-Shabaab militants and wounded over 10 others. Our forces are controlling the entire town.” Abdirahman told Anadolu.
Afgoye is strategic agricultural town about 30 km southwest of the capital Mogadishu.
Late December last year, almost three Somali National Intelligence Agency (NISA) forces and four Al-Shabab fighters were killed in Al-Shabab attack in Afgoye.
Al-Shabab was pushed out of major towns in southern Somalia but the militants continue to launch deadly guerilla attacks against the Somali government forces and AMISOM troops.
Source: Puntland Mirror + Anadolu News Agency